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Southermost School

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Between 1716 and 1725. 1969–1970 and later, restoration. Moved to site adjacent to the Portsmouth Historical Society

This simple one-room schoolhouse—and a tiny one-room at that—is the oldest extant school building in the state. Nothing about it communicates its purpose; with a plank door in one corner and a single, off-center window adjacent, under a long, low flank gable, it could be an all-purpose shed.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Southermost School", [Portsmouth, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 503-503.

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