Southermost School

870 East Main Road, Portsmouth

Oldest one-room schoolhouse in Rhode Island


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Photo taken by Chester Gehman in August 2021



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The Southermost School, built in 1725, is the oldest schoolhouse still standing in Rhode Island, and perhaps the entire U.S. There was a Northermost School as well, but it is no longer extant. Gifted to the Portsmouth Historical Society in 1952, it was moved across the road to its present location.

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2021: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • September 7, 2021: Added by Chester Gehman