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081-0021 Hamilton Schoolhouse

Hamilton Schoolhouse
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2016

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VLR Listing Date 09/11/2002

NRHP Listing Date 11/21/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02001372

Hamilton Schoolhouse is an antebellum single-pen log structure situated on the east bank of South Buffalo Creek. The building is very well preserved and its historic setting is virtually undisturbed. Inside are whitewashed log walls, flush boards on the ceiling, and unfinished pine floorboards. The schoolhouse represents the self-sustaining independence of the tiny South Buffalo Creek community, as well as the hardships of rural life and the difficulties encountered in securing an education during the 19th and early 20th centuries in a remote, mountainous region. It is a rare surviving precursor of the many log schoolhouses that were built throughout the South in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It may be the last antebellum “old field” school built before the Civil War in Virginia.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: December 10, 2021