Aldie (Bowmantown, Stewartown, Back in the Hollow)

ALDIE (Mercer District)

Data as of 11/13/2014

Sections:  1)  Further Research Required; 2)  Instructors

  • 1)   This needs further research.  Perhaps the school was not really in Aldie but instead in the related “black settlements” of Bowmantown, Stewartown, or Back in the Hollow.    There was an Aldie #10, which was a white school.  We know that from its number.  White school received numbers and colored schools received letters, A, B, C, etc.
  •  If we examine the reference to Aldie on the Black History Committee’s “African American Communities of Loudoun County,” written by Deborah A. Lee,  we learn “Aldie – Although few black people lived in Aldie itself, the surrounding area included the black settlements of Bowmantown and Stewartown on the south side and Back-in-the-Hollow on the north. Many of the women belonged to the Housekeepers’ Club, founded in 1914. Members met monthly in one another’s homes to enjoy fellowship, food, guest speakers, and workshops. At a summertime meeting, for instance, women brought fresh flowers from their gardens and learned floral-arranging from a professional. They also stitched baby clothes for expectant mothers, and women who didn’t know how to sew could learn. The club still meets, with some members now traveling a long distance..” 

2)   Instructors:

  • 1892/93 Academic Year:   Simon P. Fisher,  Grade of Certificate 3rd.  Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 1892(1893ColoredA Census of Colored Teachers for the School Year closing July 31, 1893), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education
  • 1893/94 Academic Year:  Armistead R. Smith of Middleburg was a colored instructor at Aldie. Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (  18931894ColoredReel4418Census of Colored Teachers 1893/94 – March 30, 1894), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.
  • 1894/95:  Mr. Harvey Johnson from Aldie instructed in Aldie on a second grade certificate. Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (  1895ColoredA Census of Colored Teachers 1894/95 – Done Dec 10, 1894), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.
  • 1895/96:  Harvey Johnson was still the instructor.  Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (1896ColoredCombined  Census of Colored Teachers 1895/96 – Done Dec 15, 1895), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.
  • 1896/97.  Mr. Johnson was still the instructor.   Source: Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (1897ColoredCombined  Census of Colored Teachers 1896-97 – Done Dec 15, 1896), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education

Edited by Larry W. Roeder, Jr., MS  703 867 2056. South Riding, Virginia

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