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Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Virginia Training School

 
 
Front Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
1. Front Side of Marker
Inscription. (Front Side of Marker): The Duryee home and 11 acres were bought by Mattie Gundry in 1899 for $2,500 (part of 1773 22,75-acre Gunnell grant). On this site she opened the Virginia Training School for retarded children. At that time, it was the only school of its kind in the South and the second largest such school in the nation. It operated until her retirement in 1946. School was torn down by 1947 to make way for Tyler Gardens. Ms. Gundry served 3 terms on the town concil; 37 years as director of the Falls Church Bank, and many other civic positions. She also received several awards as an artist and architect.
 
Erected by City of Falls Church.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, City of Falls Church marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.075′ N, 77° 10.493′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street (State Highway 7) and West Annandale Road, on the right when traveling east on West Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hangman's Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherry Hill
Back Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
2. Back Side of Marker
(about 500 feet away); Falls Church Home Front (about 600 feet away); Big Chimneys (about 600 feet away); The Story of Big Chimneys (about 700 feet away); Living in Fear (approx. 0.2 miles away); Star Tavern (approx. mile away); Town Hall (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
 
More about this marker. On the back side, the marker displays a photograph of the school.
 
Also see . . .  Mattie Gundry and the Virginia Training School. (Submitted on October 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Education
 
Marker at the Intersection of Broad and Annandale Streets image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
3. Marker at the Intersection of Broad and Annandale Streets
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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