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Old Dewey School

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1913. Dewey Rd., just west of Cochise Rd.

This is an unusually intact example of an early-twentieth-century rural schoolhouse. It is a one-story, T-shaped, frame and weatherboard structure situated on a rough-coursed limestone foundation and with a hipped roof covered with pressed metal. Its projecting entrance pavilion is crowned by a simple, square, open belfry that contains the original bell. The school's interior is also well preserved with paneled wooden doors below single-light transoms, cloakrooms flanking the entrance, and many four-over-four double-sash windows that flood the interior with light. An unusual feature is a wooden partition that can be lowered from tracks in the ceiling to divide the one large space into two classrooms. The schoolhouse currently serves as a social center for the small community of Dewey.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Old Dewey School", [Pound, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 506-506.

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