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Whitmell in Pittsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Whitmell School

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
1. Whitmell School Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1878 as a two- room school and named for state senator Whitmell P. Tunstall, in 1918 the Whitmell Farm-Life School became the first rural consolidated school in Pittsylvania County. Sarah Archie Swanson Beverley, who between 1916 and 1951 taught here and served as principal, believed that “the country school must be the center of community life.” Under her leadership, Whitmell School attained that goal as a model progressive school. In 1920, the national Conference on Rural Education and Country Life was held here, followed in 1923 by the Virginia Rural Life Conference, which Gov. E. Lee Trinkle and U.S. Sen. Carter Glass addressed.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-38.)
 
Location. 36° 42.372′ N, 79° 31.423′ W. Marker is in Whitmell, Virginia, in Pittsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitmell School Road (County Route 750) and Sunset Drive (County Route 703), on the left when traveling south on Whitmell School Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2168 Whitmell School Road, Dry Fork VA 24549, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Berry Hill
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By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
2. Whitmell School Marker
(approx. 7 miles away); Bright-Leaf Tobacco Barns (approx. 8.4 miles away); Beavers Tavern (approx. 8.7 miles away); Callands (approx. 8.8 miles away); Whitmell P. Tunstall (approx. 9.1 miles away); Callands War Memorial (approx. 9.1 miles away); Clerk's Office (approx. 9.2 miles away); Rawley White Martin Residence (approx. 10 miles away).
 
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Whitmell Farm-Life School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
3. Whitmell Farm-Life School and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 126 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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