Bull Run, Mercer District

BULL RUN colored school, Mercer District

Data as of 5/18/2016

1)   Instructors:

  • 1930/31 Academic Year:  Cornelia Smith was elected by the School Board on June 10, 1930.  Source:  Loudoun Times Mirror Staff. (1930, June 12). School Board Holds Its Regular Session. Loudoun Times Mirror, p. 1.

2) Insurance:

  • 1923/26:  Situated in Aldie, Va, the structure was insured by LCPS system for 1923/26 as a “colored school” in the Mercer District.  Source:  LCPS Staff. (1924-1936). Insurance Record. Purcellville: LCPS. (Found in LCPS Records Office, Round Hill.  Black Book with Red Spine and Corners)   Page 24/25.

3)   History

1891   Original Schoolhouse Constructed as a one room frame building for $500. Source: Report of Survey Committee on Long Range Planning for Loudoun County, Jan, 1940.  Location:  LCPS: Archives folder 2.2 County School Board, 1918-1952.  Note.  History Matters in 2004 noted that the building was constructed in 1890.  Assuming LCPS did their research properly, perhaps 1890 was actually the date the land was purchased.

1898.  Original Schoolhouse burned down.

1909.   The former Bull Run School, now a residence, was … erected in 1909 as a replacement for the 1890 building and was a typical one-room frame, front-gable schoolhouse.   It was also named Bull Run School after its location on the east slope of Bull Run Mountain.    Current address Current address: 23965 New Mountain Road, Bowmantown.    Source: History Matters Staff. (2004). Loudoun County African-American Historical Architectural Resources Survey. Leesburg: Balch Library and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. pp 38/39.

An undated petition signed by 28 patrons to the School board appealed for an extra room for Bull Run, due to overcrowded conditions.  Bull Run Request for a Room.  Location:  Colored Petitions, LCPS Archives.

Jan 24 (unknown year) Another undated petition also asked for an extra room.  In this case, the table of signatures also showed how children would be provided by each family.  The parents offered to help pay for the new construction.   Bull Run Unknown Year.  Location:  Colored Petitions, LCPS Archives

1959:  The 1909 schoolhouse served the community’s education needs for 50 years, closing down in 1959.    Sold at pubic auction Saturday, April 4, 1959 at noon on the steps of the Court  House of Loudoun County.  Deed recorded in Deed Book 7F, Folio 358. Archives, Loudoun County Circuit Court Archives.  Source:   Poster for Public Auction, School Box 2, Archives, Loudoun County Circuit Court Archives.  Although History Matters (see above called the school a one room frame schoolhouse, the Poster from 1959 described the structure as a two-room frame school house.”   .

4)  Photographs:
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Photo  By Thos E. Sims, Jr.  Insurance Analysis and Permanent Record – Property of Loudoun County School Board: Garrett Insurance Company (Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company), Leesburg, Virginia.  October, 1940.  Source: (Blue Insurance Binder, LCPS Records Office, Round Hill, Loudoun, Co., Va.)

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Edited by Larry W. Roeder, Jr., MS  703 867 2056. South Riding, Virginia  (c) 2014/2016

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