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Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lanesville Outbuildings

 
 
Lanesville Outbuildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
1. Lanesville Outbuildings Marker
Inscription. Homes in the 19th century typically had several outbuildings. Barns stabled horses and other animals, tenant houses lodged farm hands, wells supplied water, and, of course, the "necessary," or outhouse, was a must. One of the most significant outbuildings on this property is the Bridges Schoolhouse, built in the 1870s. Family history and documents mention other typical outbuildings at Lanesville. These include a blacksmith shop, a dairy for food preserves, and a smokehouse; none of these structures remain today.

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
Markers Behind Lanesville House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
2. Markers Behind Lanesville House
and pronounce words. Each lesson begins with a study of words used in the reading exercise - the words presented with markings to show correct pronunciation and syllabification."
 
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.
The Barn in the Lanesville Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
3. The Barn in the Lanesville Historic District
On the upper right are Examples of McGuffey's Readers used during the period of the Bridges Schoolhouse. In the upper center is an aerial photograph of Lanesville from 2002.
 
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, USEducation
 
Tenant Outbuilding image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
4. Tenant Outbuilding
Located about 75 yards east of the main house is this two story building.
One of the Privies in Lanesville image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 14, 2009
5. One of the Privies in Lanesville
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 719 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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