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Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Urbanna School

Urbanna, Virginia

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Urbanna School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 25, 2021
1. Urbanna School Marker
Inscription.  Taber Park was once home to Urbanna High School, later known as Urbanna Graded School. The two-story brick school building then located here was completed in 1911 by Sidney Muire as a state-of-the-art school facility. It served elementary and secondary town and area students until 1925 when it became strictly an elementary school. Although never a state accredited high school, graduations were held and diplomas awarded. Urbanna School closed mid-term of 1962, when Middlesex County consolidated elementary schools in expectation of Civil Rights Act of 1964. The downstairs had four classrooms and upstairs had a cafeteria/stage/auditorium, two classrooms and a film projector room where students in the pre-television era watched educational films on hygiene, travel and nature. The school was the first public school in Middlesex County to serve hot lunches. In February 1924, women of the Urbanna League (PTA) started serving hot soup and cocoa daily. The highlight of each year was the annual May Day celebration in which boys and girls in the highest grade were given the honor of dancing around the maypole. The finale came with the crowning
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of the May Day king and queen. Vacated after school closed in 1962, the Urbanna School building was torn down in 1972 and the property was named Taber Park in honor of Town benefactor Dr. C. Wellington Taber. Dr. Taber retired to Urbanna in 1945 and when he died left a valuable trust to the town.
 
Erected by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsEducationParks & Recreational AreasWomen. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Urbanna, Virginia series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1924.
 
Location. 37° 38.286′ N, 76° 34.633′ W. Marker is in Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Rappahannock Avenue (County Road T-1001) and Bonner Street, on the right when traveling south on Rappahannock Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Rappahannock Ave, Urbanna VA 23175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grave of Arthur Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); Urbanna Baseball (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landsdowne
Urbanna School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 25, 2021
2. Urbanna School Marker
(about 700 feet away); Coca-Cola Bottling Plant (about 700 feet away); Virginia Street (about 800 feet away); Wormeley-Lee-Montague House and Marble House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Middlesex County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbanna.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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