1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
Edmond, OK 73034
Edmond's 1889 public schoolhouse, the first public schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory, was originally built with funds raised by the pioneer Ladies School Aid Society under the leadership of Mrs. Jennie Forster. Community volunteers supplied the labor. On September 16, 1889 the first public school opened with Miss Ollie McCormick as the teacher for 19 pupils. No fee for tuition was ever collected.
Now the oldest documented school building still standing in Oklahoma County, the schoolhouse was also the site for the establishment of four protestant churches and the first recorded wedding in the county. Converted to a private residence in 1900, and the Sanders Camera Shop in 1950, the building which has remained on original schoolyard lots, was saved and rehabilitated under the direction of the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust. It serves as a symbol of Edmond's early commitment to education and community spirit. Edmond memorabilia is also displayed.
Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant
Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Advance Group Reservations Required, Seating Capacity: 30
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-35, Route 66
Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)
Tour Information: Customized tours, Group Tours, Guided Tours
Open to the public the first two Saturdays of each month from 1-4pm and by appointment.
The 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse is located at 124 E Second St. Closest Intersection: Boulevard & Second. Located in downtown Edmond, south side of Rt 66 and Hwy 77.