The Harrington School


The Historical Harrington School Cultural Center, formerly known as the Harrington Graded School, was built in the 1920s and served as the main educational structure for three African American communities on St. Simons Island. It hosted grades 1-7 until desegregation in the 1960s when students left to attend St. Simons Elementary. In 1968 it was converted to a day care/Head Start center and used for this purpose until 1970. It was largely abandoned after that and sat unused for decades. To preserve the one-room historic Harrington School House Mrs. Isadore Hunter donated her portion of heirs property land to the St. Simons Land Trust and Glynn County in 2004. Since 2004 the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition, in partnership with The St. Simons Land Trust, has been active in the fundraising, restoration planning, management and operations of the School. The actual restoration of the School began in 2010 with an overall restoration cost of $325,000. The School officially re-opened with a ribbon cutting in August of 2017. Over the years, the school house was much more than just a place to learn. The community gathered here for Halloween apple-bobbing parties in the fall, plays and covered-dish dinners, and visits by Santa and Christmas exchanges. In the spring, there were Easter activities, the plaiting of the Maypole, the prom and graduation. Community organizations such as the Harrington Parent-Teacher Association and the Harrington Civic Club also utilized the building for meetings and fundraising events Hours: October - March: Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. April - September: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call or email to schedule tours for a historic journey into the heart of the Gullah Geechee communities on the island or to reserve the school as an event venue.