Massie Common School opened its doors on October 15, 1856. Designed by nationally acclaimed architect John S. Norris, Massie is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. From its earliest beginnings as a free school for the poor, Massie has served thousands of students. Today’s Massie, part of the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, is a museum for history and architecture.
Through funding from ESPLOST, grants and generous contributions, the Massie building has been restored and its upgraded interpretive exhibits continue to provide an unparalleled experience for both students and the visiting public. Massie is rapidly becoming part of the Savannah experience. Its hallmark exhibit, Savannah’s Unique City Plan, featuring a 3-D scaled model depiction of the National Historic District utilizing laser technology, provides an orientation to Savannah like no other local museum.
The Massie Heritage Center strives to create a greater appreciation of Savannah’s rich cultural heritage by preserving the historic Massie School as an interactive exhibit space and educational facility where both students and the general public can participate in interpretive programs that are designed to stimulate curiosity and to help achieve academic goals.