Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Historic School House #18 on Fauquier Farm Tour


Monday Morning Post

Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Fauquier County Farm Tour

Saturday, October 9, 2010


New on The Farm Tour roster this year is historic School House #18 in Marshall - built in 1887.  From 1910 to 1963, the school was used to educate the area's segregated African-American children.


Delight in an actual one room school house complete with tiny wooden desks lined up in neat little rows.  See the teacher's wooden desk at the head of the room with a black board behind it that spans the width of the building.  Marvel at the enormous pot belly stove guaranteed to take the chill out of wintry mornings.  Listen quietly and you can almost hear the children's laugher.


After you've toured the school, you'll want to tour the grounds which are planted and maintained by the Master Gardeners of Fauquier County. Virginia native plants, a butterfly garden, herbs, raised beds, vegetables and fancy grasses plus a brand new pond complete with gold fish and water fall. Master Gardeners are volunteer educators who provide the public with gardening information that draws on the horticultural research and experience of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

The garden tour will be self guided (as will be the school house) but plenty of Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and highlight points of interest. There will be refreshments and souvenirs to take home.

School House #18 is located at 7592 John Marshall Highway, Marshall, VA, adjacent to the Northern Fauquier Community Park and the Middleburg Humane Society, also on the tour.  The Farm Tour hours are 10 AM till 5 PM.

Want more info?
www.fauquiercounty.gov/documents/departments/agdev/pdf/farmtourdirections.pdf

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