Maximum Capacity: 36 (sit-down dining)
This is the largest room available to rent within the Caroline Schoolhouse. It features tall ceilings, large windows allowing plenty of natural light, and original architectural details. The room is typically configured with 4-top tables. A screen and projector are available for meetings upon request.
Maximum Capacity: 20 (sit-down dining)
The library room features built-in bookshelves packed with hundreds of cookbooks from different eras and styles of cooking. This makes for a beautiful and dramatic backdrop for your event! The room is typically configured with long tables for dining and/or food presentation.
Maximum Capacity: 24 (sit-down dining)
The bar room features a bar with granite countertop perfect for staging drinks for your event. The tall ceilings, large windows, and architectural details create a great ambiance. The room is often configured with high-top tables to encourage mingling and increase capacity.
Rooms can be booked in any combination to suit your needs.
One of our most popular configurations is to rent the Library in addition to either the Dining Room or Bar Room. Food can be staged in the Library, leaving more space for seating in the other room(s). For larger events, many people rent all three spaces with food in the Library, drinks and high-top tables in the Bar Room, and general seating in the Dining Room.
Rooms can be reconfigured with theater-style seating (rows), which increases the maximum capacity.
Rooms may be booked as part of a catering package or on their own.
Caroline Schoolhouse is located on a large corner lot with plenty of space for an event tent compete with dance floor, food stations, bar, and comfort stations. This configuration can accommodate up to 250 people. We can work with you to arrange any necessary rentals. Please call us at 410.479.2144 or contact us through our online form to discuss rates and availability.
Caroline Schoolhouse is home to Chesapeake Culinary Center, the Eastern Shore’s leading caterer. We love to create fabulous meals and memorable experiences! We are non-profit that provides training on all aspects of catering and food service, which makes our rates highly competitive.
Caroline Schoolhouse is the Eastern Shore’s hub for culinary workforce development and food-based entrepreneurship. The Schoolhouse is an historic building with strong ties to many people in the Caroline County community. The building was constructed in 1901 and originally served as Caroline High School. In later years, it was a daycare center. By the mid-1980’s, the building was no longer in use and it fell into severe disrepair.
Denton Development Corporation acquired the building in 2004 and the structure was stabilized in 2006. With the help of a Community Development Block Grant, this beautiful building was fully restored and is once again a thriving centerpiece of the community.
Today, the Caroline County Board of Education leases Caroline Schoolhouse from the Town of Denton. The building is home to the school system’s culinary arts education classes. Chesapeake Culinary Center is also headquartered here and operates its catering training programs and culinary incubator. In 2018, Shore Gourmet opened a fast-casual restaurant and retail store within the building.
Maintaining such a large, historic building is always a challenge. You can support the mission of the many wonderful programs operating within Caroline Schoolhouse by donating to our capital fund. Your investment will help preserve this important resource for many years to come.