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Sturgis One Room School Museum, Inc. is an organization that actively works to preserve, promote, and protect the rich cultural heritage of Sturgis One Room School and educate our youth to value the school's cultural and historical richness.  

Sturgis One Room School operated as a school for 37 years. Grades 1 - 7 were taught by one teacher until it closed its doors in 1937. At that time students were transferred to Stephen Long School in the town of Pocomoke City, Maryland.

For several years afterwards the school served as home for the aging William Sturgis. After the school was vacated by William Sturgis, it remained unattended and fell into a state of disrepair.

In 1996, a group of interested citizens, under the leadership of the Worcester County Historical Society, Sturgis Heritage House One Room Schoolhouse purchased the school from the Sturgis family and moved it to its present location in downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland.

Restoration and outfitting the Sturgis One Room School is an ongoing task of Sturgis One Room School Museum, Inc. It has been made possible through funds from Pocomoke City, Worcester County, charitable organizations, and personal contributions.

Located at 209 Willow Street

Open May – October, Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Or by Appointment.

Tours welcome and packages available.

Email: rcwaters99@hotmail.com


The Costen House was the home of Pocomoke City’s first mayor, Dr. Isaac Costen. The home, built shortly after the Civil War, housed members of Dr. Costen’s family for over a century. The Costen House is managed under the auspices of the Spirit of Newtown Committee, Inc. whose mission is the preservation in order to exhibit the life of a small town and Doctor Costen and his family in the era, which they lived.

The Costen House Museum features a Victorian Italianate home and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

The Costen House was built by Dr. Costen shortly after the Civil War and was lived in by members of his family for over a century. It is sponsored by the Spirit of Newtown Committee, founded in 1974, Myrtle A. Polk and a group of public-spirited citizens, when the home was threatened by demolition.

Dr. Costen was born on October 10, 1832 in Somerset County. Maryland, the son of William and Rosa Taylor Costen. He was educated at Washington Academy in Princess Anne and received his medical degree from Penn Medical College in Philadelphia in 1857.

During the Civil War, in addition to his medical duties, he was a Confederate blockade runner, carrying food and supplies at great personal risk across the lower Chesapeake Bay to the Hampton Roads area. He was also noted for his work with typhoid fever and stories abound of the good doctor traveling on horseback through the swamps during a severe typhus epidemic.

He came to live in Pocomoke, then known as Newtown, after the close of the Civil War. In l866, he married Miss Olivia Adams. They had seven children: Rose. Eleanor, Mary, William, Addie, Olivia, and Elizabeth.

At the time he was elected mayor of Pocomoke City in 1888, Dr. Costen had already served fifteen years on the Democratic State Central Committee. He had been elected to the Maryland State Legislature in 1881, where he served only one term, citing his patients' needs as the reason for not returning to Annapolis. He was a trustee of Pocomoke High School and an Elder and Trustee of Pitts Creek Presbyterian Church. He served two terms as mayor, 1888-l892 and in l908 was again elected mayor to serve two more terms. Dr. Costen died at his home on April 1, l931, just six months short of his 99th birthday.

Located at 206 Market Street

The house is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:00PM – 4:00PM until Labor Day.

After Labor Day it is only open by appointment.

It is also open by appointment for private tours, special events and gatherings, such as teas, bridal showers and business meetings.

Visit: www.costenhousemuseum.org

Email: ritarae1@comcast.net


The Delmarva Discovery Center on the Pocomoke River serves as a source of learning and discovery for the public through the preservation and interpretation of its cultural and natural heritage.

Located on the Pocomoke River in downtown Pocomoke City, the Delmarva Discovery Center (DDC) is a living museum, a place for learning and discovery for visitors of all ages. The immersive and engaging exhibits take visitors on a timeless journey through Delmarva and through the Cypress Swamp. The exhibits focus on the river ecology and the human history of the Pocomoke River and Delmarva. The DDC continues to add to its unique collection, offering return visitors something new to discover each time they visit. The DDC offers a regular schedule of programs, tours, and presentations to families, school classes, youth groups, and other visitors.

The DDC is a 16,000 square foot, 1920’s era building and houses the exhibits, a Museum Store, classroom, and administrative space. Visitors can extend their visit to Pocomoke by strolling through Cypress Park or walking through the Cypress Swamp on the Discovery Nature Trail. Also, within walking distance are the Sturgis One Room School House, the historic Mar-Va Theatre and the Costen House.
Located at 2 Market Street

The Discovery Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM and on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Phone: 410-957-9933

Email: contact@delmarvadiscoverycenter.org




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