News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – Are you looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? The St. Mary’s County Museum Division and the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions are seeking individuals from the public to volunteer during any of the open houses held at the Drayden African American Schoolhouse in Drayden, MD.

Volunteers would assist visitors in accessing and touring the historic site, as well as answering any questions they might have during their visit. The open houses are on the first Saturday of the month and other select days, April through October.

The Drayden African American Schoolhouse is one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses, and its story represents a significant part of St. Mary’s County’s history. The schoolhouse was closed for several years, but with the completion of extensive building renovations in the spring of 2018, the public is now able to access the site during the open houses. The St. Mary’s County Museum Division also offers special programs for school, bus and other tour groups who would like to visit the site. Visitors who would like to see the schoolhouse times outside open house hours can contact Piney Point to arrange a visit.

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, please contact Karen Stone, Museum Division Manager, atkaren.stone@stmarysmd.comor 301-769-3235.

For more information, programs, admission prices and more, visit the Drayden African American Schoolhouse Facebook page at or call 301-994-1471.

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