Farmwell (Colored School #A, Cedar Lane, Cedar Sayre) Broad Run District

FARMWELL

Data as of 11/19/2014

1)  History

The Balch Library has a number of documents that relate to the history of Colored School #A in the Broad Run District, which would eventually also be known as Farmwell, Cedar Run and Cedar Sayre. “This collection contains the teacher’s register for Colored School #A in the Broad Run District of Loudoun County. The register register contains the names of students and their attendance records. Several African American teachers worked at the school over the years as well.

2)  Sources of Information:

  • Snowden, Morgan. M., Jackson, John. W., Thomas, W. A., Walker, John. C., & Smith, Adam. J. (1886-1893). Teacher’s Register for Colored School A (Broad Run), Farmwell, Cedar Sayre and Cedar Lane, Public School Register. Purcellville: LCPS. shown as (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 Census of Colored Teachers, Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.  Shown as:  Census of Colored Teachers with link to appropriate PDF.

2)  Instructors:

  • October 4, 1886 – May 13, 1887:   M.M. Snowden. Source: (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • October 3, 1887 – March 30, 1888:   John W. Jackson. Source: (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • October 1, 1888 – March 29, 1889:  W. A Thomas (possible gap 11/26/88 – 12/21/88). Source: (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • Jan 26, 1891- April, 1891:   John C. Walker. Source: (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • Nov 2, 1891 –  Adam .J. Smith: March 30, 1894. Source: (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • 1893/94 :  Mr. Adam J. Smith of Middleburg instructed at “Farmwell” on a second grade certificate.  Source: Census of Colored Teachers 18931894ColoredReel4418 1893/94 – March 30, 1894). and (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • 1894/95:   Mr. Adam J. Smith continued at Farmwell.  Source: Census of Colored Teachers (  1895ColoredA 1894/95 – Done Dec 10, 1894). And (Snowden, Jackson, Thomas, Walker, & Smith, 1886-1893).
  • 1895/96:  Mr. Adam J. Smith continued at Farmwell on a 2nd Grade Certificate. Source: Census of Colored Teachers (1896ColoredCombined  Census of Colored Teachers 1895/96 – Done Dec 15, 1895).

3)  Student Statistics   Colored School A  See link to report .  We eventually plan to develop a bio on each student.

4)  Physical Characteristics of Farmwell

The register provided dimensions of the school and this raises the question of whether the same structure was used throughout the period.  Although the measurement always equal 7200 sq ft, the wall lengths are different.

  • Undated notes by Morgan M. Snowden who instructed November 30, 1886 to May 13, 1887.   These notes indicated the structure was 36’x20’x10′.  It isn’t clear if Snowden was discussing the dimensions of the room or the exterior.
  • Jan 26/1891-April 17, 1891:   John Walker provided 24’x 20’x 15′ as the dimensions.
  • Nov 12, 1992 to April 29, 1992:  A.J. Smith concurred with Walker on dimensions.

Fuler report on Physical Contents, etc.  See Colored School 1physical

Edited:  Larry W. Roeder, Jr., MS,   (c)  11/19/2014.

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