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

Mt. Gap School

 
 
Mt. Gap School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
1. Mt. Gap School Marker
Inscription.  Mt. Gap School, built circa 1882, exemplifies the iconic one-room rural schoolhouse. White students came from nearby small communities or farms, ranging in age from 5 to 15. Each morning, they traveled to the schoolhouse by horse, cart, or on foot. Due to limited space, children often shared books and desks. Teachers instructed lessons in math, history, geography, reading, penmanship, and science. Because of segregation, African American students could not attend Mt. Gap School. Instead, they were required to attend another one-room schoolhouse, called Mt. Gap Colored School. This schoolhouse was built in the late 1880s on nearby Mt. Gap Road to serve Gleedsville and the surrounding community.

As one-room schoolhouses became obsolete, Mt. Gap School closed its doors in 1953. The National Trust for Historic Preservation bought the building and surrounding acreage in 1973. Today, Oatlands uses the schoolhouse for educational programs throughout the year.
 
Erected by Oatlands Historic House & Gardens.
 
Location. 39° 3.038′ N,
Mt. Gap School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
2. Mt. Gap School Marker
77° 37.165′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Moss Valley Lane and James Monroe Highway (U.S. 15), on the right when traveling east on Moss Valley Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oatlands (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Oatlands (approx. 0.6 miles away); Carriage House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martin Buchanan, USCT (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Mt. Olive Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rokeby (approx. 2.1 miles away); Saving the Declaration of Independence / The War of 1812 (approx. 3 miles away); Sycolin Community Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
More about this marker. Supported by the Marge and Joe Grills Fund for Historic Gardens and Landscapes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and by Oatlands, Inc.
 
Categories. Education
 
Mt. Gap School, 1940 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
3. Mt. Gap School, 1940
Caption: The most striking difference between the schoolhouse in 1940 and today, is the exterior color. As with many other schoolhouses in Virginia, Mt. Gap School was painted white from c.1900 to the 1950s. After it was closed as a school, the building was painted red. Image courtesy of Loudoun County Public Schools Student Records Department.
Mt. Gap Colored School, 1940 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
4. Mt. Gap Colored School, 1940
Caption: Children in Loudoun's segregated schools had fewer resources than the schools for white children. Despite the unequal treatment, students fondly remembered their dedicated teachers, such as Bushrod W. Murray, Elizabeth Johnson, and Janie Stewart Redwood. The school closed in 1955. Image courtesy of Loudoun Public Schools Student Records Department.
Mt. Gap School, 1953 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
5. Mt. Gap School, 1953
Caption: In a 1953 article by the Loudoun Times Mirror, prominent lawyer and Mt. Gap School graduate, Wilbur C. Hall, discussed his purchase of the building at auction and his plans to restore it for historical interpretation. He installed a traditional pot-belly stove, wooden desks, and stocked the shelves with typical school books.
Mt. Gap School, early 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
6. Mt. Gap School, early 1900s
Caption: This photograph is believed to be Miss Warren and her class. All students contributed to the school's operation by completing chores. The boys brought in wood, hauled pails of water, and stoked the iron stove during the winter months. Girls cleaned the lamps and chalk boards.
Mt. Gap School image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
7. Mt. Gap School
Mt. Gap School Front image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
8. Mt. Gap School Front
Mt. Gap School, Side View image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2019
9. Mt. Gap School, Side View
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2019, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 18, 2019, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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