Our mission is to promote the Cataumet Schoolhouse building as a location for educational, cultural and recreational activities available to the community and the general public.
Profile: The Cataumet Schoolhouse in 2011
Through sheer determination and optimism, a group of Cataumet residents banded together in the late 1990’s and turned a delapidated old (1894) school building at 1200 County Road, in the middle of the village, into a magnet for community events. In 1999 the Cataumet Schoolhouse Preservation Group (CSPG) was founded, and under the guidance of the Program in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, and the generosity of numerous donors and volunteers, the process was begun of restoring and refurbishing the building to replicate as authentically as possible an 1894 schoolhouse. Today the flag flies over the beautifully restored building, and for the past half dozen years the school and schoolyard have been host to hundreds of visitors and participants at a variety of fun and fascinating events and programs.
The mission of the CSPG was clearly stated at the outset: “To promote as a location for educational, cultural and recreational activities available to the community and the general public, the Cataumet Schoolhouse building.” In the past years a wide range of events have been held, and the board is still seeking ways to expand the effectiveness and community-building capacity of this small property, in accordance with its mission. Among th