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Near Konnarock in Smyth County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Konnarock Training School (1924~1959)

 
 
Konnarock Training School (1924~1959) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 18, 2020
1. Konnarock Training School (1924~1959) Marker
Inscription.  Konnarock Training School, established in 1924 by the Women's Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church in America, educated children from isolated mountain communities. Lutheran missionary Kenneth Killinger and lay leader Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver had advocated the school's founding as a crucial step toward meeting the spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs of the people of Appalachia. Built on land donated by the Hassinger lumber Company, Konnarock was a regional boarding school for girls but also provided day classes for local children. In 1936 a medical clinic was added to serve the surrounding community. Konnarock Training School closed in 1959.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 82.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationWomen.
 
Location. 36° 40.356′ N, 81° 36.679′ W. Marker is near Konnarock, Virginia, in Smyth County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitetop Road (County Route
Konnarock Training School (1924~1959) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 18, 2020
2. Konnarock Training School (1924~1959) Marker
600) and Konnarock Road (County Route 603), on the left when traveling west on Whitetop Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troutdale VA 24378, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White Top Folk Festival (approx. 3.3 miles away); Whitetop (approx. 4 miles away); Green Cove Station (approx. 4.1 miles away); “Maud Bows to The Virginia Creeper” (approx. 4.1 miles away); “Virginia Creeper” Railroad (approx. 5.1 miles away); Christmas Tree Farms (approx. 5.1 miles away); Mountain View Plantation: Antebellum Home Of The Abijah Thomas Family (approx. 7.4 miles away); John Deere Mower Model 2 (approx. 7.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. KTS Historic Photos. (Submitted on November 8, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Konnarock Training School. (Submitted on November 8, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Konnarock Training School (1924~1959) image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 18, 2020
3. Konnarock Training School (1924~1959)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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