Carter (also Bears) White

Carter (Bears) school.  White School

Location.  38.9565, -77.49485.  Remains are in the trees on north side of airport fence along the Carter School Road, east of Rt 606.


  • Originally known as Bears.  Was open in 1918/1920, when closed in 1920/21 and reopened as Carter.  Final closure was in 1939/40 when children were sent to Arcola.  (Source: 6.6 Student Enrollment Cards.
  • Surveyed, August 18, 1924.  Survey by O.I. Thomas.  ‘Beginning at a point on the west side of the road in the line of Hutchison and carter and about 23.8 poles from a stone in corner of Hutchison and Carter and about 2 poles from a large white oak, thence N 81 E 12.64 poles to a stake in woods, thence N9 W 12.64 poles to a stake in woods, thence S 81 W 12.64 poles to Hutchison line on west side of road, thence along west side of road S 9E 12.64 to point of beginning, containing one acre, more or less.  (see above for modern location description).  (Source 9.2.2 Survey of Carter’s School Lot.”
  • There were two buildings, Bears,  which was erected in 1917 and Carters which was erected in 1920 to replace the former.  Building was sold to R.J. Carter on July 22, 1939 for $501.  (Source:   9.1.1  Deeds July 22, 1939.  Sale of McGraw’s Ridge, carter, Arcola and Pleasant valley.
  • Paper Term Reports for Bear are in Edwin Washington Archives.  Bear White 1924/25 in 6.3.2  Box 4.  At that time, there were 21 students, 12 boys and 9 girls.  No. Flag was flown from the school.
  • Paper Term Reports for Carter (Carters) are in Edwin Washington Archives.  Carters White 1924/25 to 1918/39 in 6.3.2  Box 4.  From this, we have assumed, school changed names in the summer of 1925, though this need research. The names of the students for the overlap year of 1924/25 are different.  See 6.6 Bears W Yr Grades 1 to 7 1917 to 1926 as well as 6.6 Carter W Grades 1 to 7 Yr 1920 to 1939.
  • 1939/40.   Building Sold for $501.  Source: EWP 8.1 Loudoun County School Budget for Fiscal Year starting July 1, 1940, Pg 15a.