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Home > Virginia > Keswick > Cismont School, Louisa Road, Keswick, Albemarle County, VA



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Location
Louisa Road, Keswick, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS VA-1377
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N955).
Building/structure dates: 1908 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1920 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1961 subsequent work
This documentation was completed for a class at the University of Virginia & subsequently donated to the HABS collection.

Significance: Used as an Albemarle County Public School from 1908 to 1961, Cismont School was the first high school in the Village of Cismont. The 4.5 acre tract of land was originally sold by W.W. Johnson to the School Board of Rivanna District No. 1 of the county for $209 on 18 September 1907. As stated in the original deed delivered to Principal A.L. Everett on 14 April 1908, "it is understood and agreed that said tract of land shall be used for the establishment and running of a public school for white children exclusively." Cismont is an example of a rural school in Virginia impacted by segregation. It represents the improvement of educational facilities for the white community with the provision of a library, three main classrooms, an auditorium, an athletic field, stables, and every necessary outbuilding. Going beyond just an educational facility, the Cismont School provided an arena for community involvement through the sponsorship of many events outside of school activities.

Subjects
Education
Segregation
High Schools


Related Names
School Board Of Rivanna, District No. 1
Davis, Amanda B., Historian
Hilyard, Gretchen A., Historian
MacDonald, Lauren M., Historian
Moore, Elizabeth H., Historian
Palmer, Cora M., Historian
Redfearn, Catherine H., Historian
Thai, Anh K., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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