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Pleasant Ridge Elementary School

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c. 1880–1890. 1918, division and relocation. 1990–1996, renovation. 1392 Princess Anne Rd.
  • Pleasant Ridge Elementary School (Richard Guy Wilson)

Before World War II most of Princess Anne County resembled the rural enclave of Pleasant Ridge, which surrounds this vernacular oneroom schoolhouse. Built at the end of the nineteenth century as a two-room school for white children in another part of the county, it was divided around World War I so that the larger of the two rooms could be moved to Pleasant Ridge for the education of the area's African American children. The school closed in 1956. Although the building is not generally open to the public, the simple interior may be viewed easily through its multipaned windows.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Pleasant Ridge Elementary School", [Virginia Beach, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 458-458.

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