Vale School-Community House, Fairfax Co., Slideshow

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Vale School Teachers.

After it was established, Vale School played an integral part in the growth of the local community. As a free public school, it had replaced two nearby private or "field" schools run by prominent local farmers when it was constructed. It offered an opportunity for all the community’s white children (reflecting the era's segregation) to receive an education.

Top: Gladys Thompson and "Miss Goodman," circa 1925.

Bottom (L-R): Florence Leeds in an undated photo. She taught at Vale from 1887 through 1890. Louise Templeton was at Vale from 1913 to 1916.

(Photos: Fairfax Co. Public Library (Leeds) and Fox Family.)