Waterford

Waterford’s Second Street School,

Waterford, 2nd Street Colored School, Jefferson District

Data as of 11/9/2016

Sections:  (1) Insurance; (2) History of the School;  (3) Instructors

See also Paeonian Springs.

(1) Insurance:

  • 1929 Insured by LCPS system in 1929 for three years.  Source:  LCPS Staff. (1924-1936). Insurance Record. Purcellville: LCPS. (Found in LCPS Records Office, Round Hill.  Black Book with Red Spine and Corners)   Page 3/4

(2)  History of Waterford School

  • 1867 is proposed as the construction date in Waterford’s Second Street School in a  History from the Balch Library.  1868 was proposed in a different source, which confirmed it was constructed at a cost of $350.  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.  Conflicting dates often pop up as 1867 was also proposed in an article “Public Schools Open For Blacks,” by noted Waterford-based historian Eugene Scheel in 1,000 Years of Loudoun, the Washington Post.  The printing was supported by the Loudoun County Millennium Commission, Dec 1999.
  • Closed 1957, making it the last one-room school house for blacks.  The last one-room school house for whites was Mountain Gap, closed in 1953.

(3)    Instructors

  • 1867 or 68:  Likely Sarah Steer, a local figure who was also a founder of the Waterford News, a Civil War era pro-union newspaper.
  • 1892/93:  John C. Walker was a colored instructor at Waterford.  His home was in Leesburg and he operated on a 3rd grade certificate.  Source:  Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975 (1893Conklin    Census of Colored Teachers for the School Year closing July 31, 1893), Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education
  • 1893/94.  John C. Walker continued to instruct at Waterford on a third grade certificate.  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. Walker, from Leesburg continued to instruct on a third 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:  Mr. Walker was still instructing at Waterford on a 3rd grade permit. 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:
  • 1896/97:  Mr. Walker continued to instruct on a 3rd grade certificate. 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.
  • 1930/31 Academic Year:  Esther Randolph was appointed as the colored teacher for Waterford in July, 1930 by the School Board.  For her services, Randolph was paid $65 a month.  She also had 40 years of experience.  Sources: Loudoun Times Mirror Staff. (1930, July 10). School Board Holds Its Regular Session. Loudoun Times Mirror. See also Virginia Department of Public Instruction. (1892-1975). Virginia Dept. of Education, Lists of Teachers, 1892-1975. Richmond, Virginia, USA: Virginia Department of Public Instruction/Education.  See .1930-1931Conklin. July, 1932, Patrons of Waterford petitioned to have Ms. Randolph removed, due to problems of ineffectiveness and severe discipline (Source: Petition of July 6, 1932.  See Petition Box).
  • 1942/43:  Christine Scott was instructor.  Source:  Loudoun Times Mirror, Times Staff, School Board (from page 1), pg 2 showed colored teachers. April 16, 1942.  Scott had also been an instructor at Conklin Colored School for 1940/41 and 1941/42.

Edited by Larry W. Roeder, Jr., MS   South Riding, Virginia  (c) 6/8/2016

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