Quogue’s 1822 one-room Schoolhouse, said to be the oldest surviving schoolhouse building on the East End of Long Island, is indisputably the most important historic public building in the Village. The 198-year-old building is not only a rare example of its type and form, it preserves a remarkably high degree of architectural integrity.
When built, Quogue’s Schoolhouse appears to have been an exception to the rule for early one-room schoolhouses, often the shabbiest and most neglected building in a village. The size of the building – approximately 18 feet by 32 feet – is in the mid-range of schoolhouses of the period, but it has an entrance hall, which is unusual. The entrance hall and the large classroom both feature vaulted barrel ceilings, also not typical. The six 12-over-12 window sashes are over-sized, to maximize the light. A stove for heating was once centered in the classroom and vented through a brick chimney in the attic.
Since opening as a museum in 1949, repairs and restoration of the one-room schoolhouse have been ongoing, including installation of electricity in 1962; new cedar posts in 1969; a new foundation in 1975; and a new roof in 1979. The exterior was re-shingled in 1987 (below), and the roof in 1997.