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Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument

 
 
Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 20, 2018
1. Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument
Inscription.
In 1906, Norfolk County built a four room brick school house, “The Great Bridge School”, to educate elementary and high school students. Graduating its first class in 1911, the name was changed to Great Bridge High and Grammar School in 1913. The building served several purposes over the years. Many memories were made by thousands of students who attended class in the school.

October 2014

 
Erected 2017 by Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake.
 
Location. 36° 42.756′ N, 76° 14.224′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake, Virginia. Marker is on Mt. Pleasant Road (County Route 165) near Woodford Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake VA 23322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southern Branch Chapel / Battle of Great Bridge / Wilson Family (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Great Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Planning a Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Norfolk County Almshouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Great Bridge DAR Monument (approx.
Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument, facing north westward. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 20, 2018
2. Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument, facing north westward.
The shopping center pictured in the background is on S. Battlefield Boulevard at Johnstown Road.
0.6 miles away); The Marshall Family (approx. 0.6 miles away); Great Bridge Marshall Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Billy Flora (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake.
 
More about this marker. This monument commemorates the four-room schoolhouse that stood on the corner of Great Bridge Boulevard and Mt. Pleasant Road in the early 1900s. It was dedicated on September 30, 2017 during a memorial service for the late Helen Long Spruill, a former president of the Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, Virginia (NCHS).

The building, a historical landmark that Spruill had fought to save, was razed in October 2014. Two years later, in September 2016, Spruill passed away.

According to The Historian, NCHS’s newsletter, the service was attended by many people, including members of NCHS and 25 of Spruill’s family. NCHS, headquartered in the Wallace Memorial History Room in Chesapeake Central Library, exhibited its commitment to preserve and share the city’s history by erecting this monument.

The name, “Great Bridge School,” bestowed upon at least two other schools since 1906, is a legacy.
Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument, facing north eastward. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 20, 2018
3. Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument, facing north eastward.
Pictured in the background is the curve in Mt. Pleasant Road at its junction with Woodford Drive.
In fact, this monument stands on the rear grounds of 369 S. Battlefield Boulevard, a former school building, which has that name displayed presently across its front.
 
Also see . . .  Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, Virginia. (Submitted on January 23, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Education
 
Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument, facing west. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 20, 2018
4. Great Bridge Schoolhouse Monument, facing west.
A former Great Bridge School at 369 S. Battlefield Boulevard is pictured in the background.
Detail of the school’s photo implanted on the monument. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 20, 2018
5. Detail of the school’s photo implanted on the monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Last updated on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 23, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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