“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near McKenney in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Darvills School

Darvill's School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Darvill's School Marker
Inscription. A public school operated here as early as the 1880s. In 1907, three other one-room schools nearby were consolidated here as Darvills Graded School, which was expanded and made a high school in 1913. It was the heart of community activities, notably the annual Darvills Fair, which began in 1916 and continued through the 1930s. Late in 1941, as World War II approached, the U.S. government began condemning 46,000 acres here to establish Camp Pickett. The school closed in 1942 and its buildings were razed except the original graded school, which became a community center. It burned on 5 July 1998.
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-69.)
Location. 37° 2.26′ N, 77° 50.588′ W. Marker is near McKenney, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Gills Bridge Road 0.1 miles south of Whitmore Road (Virginia Route 651), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Kenney VA 23872, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterwood Chapel (approx. 2.6 miles away); Nottoway County / Dinwiddie County (approx. 3.8 miles away); Birthplace of Roger Atkinson Pryor
Darvills School Site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
2. Darvills School Site
(approx. 5 miles away); Origins of 4-H in Virginia (approx. 5 miles away); The Burning of White Oak Methodist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); a different marker also named Nottoway County / Dinwiddie County (approx. 7.3 miles away); Brunswick County, Virginia (approx. 7˝ miles away); The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKenney.
Additional comments.
1. Darvills High School List Of 1913-1914 6th 7th and 8th Grade Students
Darvills High School
Westboro, Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Myrtle A. Watson, Teacher

Dr. Eugene C. Powell, Division Supt.

Miss Mayo Reames, Prin.
Miss Myrtle A. Watson, Asst. Prin.
Miss Clara Atkinson
Miss Bettie Lou Reames

6th Grade
Lorenzo Arnold
Charlie Jones
Perry Wainwright
Andrew Eastwood
Howard Wainwright
Lucy Bishop
Fannie Eckles

7th Grade
Pryor Dickerson
Robert D. Wells
Kate Lee Eckles
Elliot W. Hudgins, Jr.
Darvills School Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
3. Darvills School Memorial
A memorial to commemorate all the friends of Darvills School from the 1880s to 1942
Eddy Woody
Rosa Nell Laneave

8th Grade
Stanley Atkinson
Annie David
Helen McKissick
Jewelle Thomasson
Carey David
Madge Lambert
Mary Sue Sheffield
Rosa Lee Wells
Elizabeth Williams

This is from a card/pamphlet found in my grandmother's (Rosa Nell LaNeave) belongings. There is also a picture in the inside back page of a woman whom I presume to be Mrs. Watson.
    — Submitted June 30, 2015, by Joseph M Neagle of Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Categories. 20th CenturyEducationMilitaryWar, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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