Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Benjamin Bridges II, graduated from Dartmouth College 1848 and returned to his parent's homestead. Following the Civil War, he built the one-room schoolhouse and taught local children reading, writing, and arithmetic. The teacher lived in the two small rooms on the second floor. Children enjoyed attending school as it gave them a break from daily chores like cleaning stalls and working in the gardens and fields. Bridges operated the schoolhouse from 1870 through 1875 when the Loudoun County Public Schools began operations. At the time that Bridges was teaching, McGuffey's Reader was the main teaching tool. "McGuffey's educational course begins, in the Primer, by presenting the letters of the alphabet to be memorized, in sequence. Children are then taught, step by step, to use the building blocks of their language to form
Location. 39° 1.06′ N, 77° 24.234′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Old Vestals Gap Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located behind the Lanesville House, in Claude Moore Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sterling VA 20164, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lanesville Families (here, next to this marker); Lanesville House and Vestal's Gap Road (a few steps from this marker); Lanesville Architecture (a few steps from this marker); Lanesville Historic Area (a few steps from this marker); Vestal's Gap Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Braddock Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Vestal's Gap Road in the 1800s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Guilford Signal Station (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sterling.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a facsimile of the Dartmouth College Catalogue of 1847-8. Benjamin Bridges is listed with other Seniors attending Dartmouth College, 1847-48 academic year.
Also see . . . Vestal's Gap Road and Lanesville Historic District. (PDF) National Register documentation for the site. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Education •
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