Oakton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Vale School / Vale Community House
Erected 2009 by The Fairfax County History Commission, on October 17.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Education. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 38° 53.457′ N, 77° 20.921′ W. Marker is in Oakton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Vale Road (County Route 672) and Fox Mill Road (County Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3124 Fox Mill Rd, Oakton VA 22124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Florence Jodzies (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waple’s Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pender (approx. 1.8 miles away); Battle of Chantilly (approx. 2 miles away); Major General Isaac Ingalls Stevens (approx. 2.1 miles away); Kearny and Stevens Monuments (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Battle of Ox Hill (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Ox Hill (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakton.
Regarding Vale School / Vale Community House. From the program for the historic highway marker unveiling ceremony and Diamond Jubilee Fair: “[Vale School] served not only as a place in which to educate the children, but also as a place for friends and neighbors to gather to celebrate the children’s achievements, to hold neighborhood business meetings and to attend social gatherings. The Vale Literary Society, Vale Farmer’s Club, and the Wide Awake Lodge all met at the schoolhouse. The building was also used as a place of worship until the Vale Methodist Church sanctuary was constructed across the road in 1896.” ... “In 1937, a library was opened [at the Vale Community House, its new name,] and ‘Recreation Saturdays’ for children
Also see . . .
1. Vale Club website. (Submitted on October 28, 2009, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia.)
2. Preliminary Information Form (PIF) submitted to the VA Department of Historic Resources. (Submitted on October 29, 2009, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia.)
1. Marker Dedication Speakers
The following spoke before the marker unveiling, in the schoolhouse (because of rain) before a standing-room only audience. Maureen Khan, President, Vale Club, Inc.; Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Micheal Frey, Member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sully District; Debbie Robinson, Fairfax County History Commission Chairman and Sully District Board Member; Kathy Smith, Sully District Member of the Fairfax County School Board; Kathy Smith, Chairman and Sully District Board Member, Fairfax County School Board; Adria Bordas, Unit Coordinator and Fairfax County Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Chuck Caputo, Delegate from the
— Submitted October 20, 2009.
2. Text of the Resolution Presented by Supervisor Sharon Bulova
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Resolution Commending the Vale Club on the occasion of its 75th anniversary It was dated October 17, 2009, and signed by Sharon Bulova, Chairman, and Michael R. Frey, Supervisor, Sully District.
WHEREAS, the Vale Club was founded on October 11, 1934, as a home demonstration club for farm women affiliated with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service of Virginia Tech; and
WHEREAS, in 1935 the founding women petitioned the Fairfax County School Board to convert the abandoned neighborhood schoolhouse into a community house; and
WHEREAS, the women renovated the building, organized fundraisers during the Depression era and purchased the schoolhouse from the School Board in 1938; and
WHEREAS, for 75 years
WHEREAS, the Vale Club was successful in its endeavor to have the Vale Schoolhouse registered in the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites in 1979 and the Virginia Landmarks Registry and the National Register of Historic Places in 2009; NOW THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby thank the Vale Club for its years of service in Fairfax County and congratulate it on the 75th anniversary.
— Submitted November 4, 2009.
3. Text of the Resolution Presented by Delegate Chuck Caputo
House Joint Resolution No. 803 Commending the Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, Inc., on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 30, 2009. Agreed to by the Senate, February 5, 2009.
WHEREAS, the Vale Home Demonstration Club, now the Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, Inc., is celebrating its 75th anniversary of service to the community of Fairfax County; and
WHEREAS, on October 11, 1934, Florence Jodzies and 12 founding members organized the Vale Home Demonstration Club; and
WHEREAS, the Vale Home Demonstration Club joined 12 other clubs in Fairfax County
WHEREAS, on June 4, 1935, the Vale Home Demonstration Club petitioned the Fairfax County School Board not to sell the two-room, wood-framed Vale School located at the intersection of Vale and Fox Mill Roads in Oakton, but to allow the building to be used for the benefit of the community; and
WHEREAS, on July 12, 1935, the Fairfax County School Board granted the Vale Home Demonstration Club exclusive use of the school property, and the building became the Vale Community House and the center of neighborhood events and activities, as well as a cherished historic landmark for residents; and
WHEREAS, on August 2, 1937, the ambitious members of the Vale Home Demonstration Club began raising funds to buy the Vale Community House and offered the Fairfax County School Board $270 for the property, which was accepted and the deed was transferred to the club on February 21, 1938; and
WHEREAS, by the time the Fairfax County Council of Home Demonstration Clubs celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1968 there were 46 clubs participating in the extension service’s program; and
WHEREAS, by the end of the century, Fairfax County was becoming increasingly urban, the number of clubs dwindled to eight, and the Fairfax County Association of clubs ended in 1999, but the
WHEREAS, in 2001 the Vale Home Demonstration Club reorganized and became the Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, today, the club’s 180 dedicated and hardworking members continue a long tradition of service to the community, helping residents in need, hosting events such as the annual fall fair and Labor Day is Neighbor Day, and raising money to preserve the 125-year old Vale Community House; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly commend and congratulate the Vale Home Demonstration Club, now the Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, Inc., on the occasion of its 75th anniversary; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the Friends of Vale Schoolhouse, Inc., as an expression of the General Assembly’s gratitude to the club for its service to Fairfax County and best wishes for a joyful anniversary celebration.
— Submitted October 20, 2009.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,804 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on December 4, 2010. Photos: 1. submitted on October 28, 2009, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 18, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 28, 2009, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.