Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum was built in the one-room school style recognizable from “Little House on the Prairie.” Usually a potbellied stove was located in the center of the room to provide heat, and the teacher’s desk stood on a dais (small platform) in the back of the room.

Did you know?

  • The first school in Sacramento opened in 1849, but it closed for the entire month of December due to wet weather and muddy streets.
  • Two examples of instructions given to teachers in 1872:
    1. Teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks each day.
    2. After ten hours in the school, the teacher should spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.


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Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.