Whitmell School

Whitmell School (HM1YZG)

Location: Dry Fork, VA 24549 Pittsylvania County
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N 36° 42.372', W 79° 31.423'

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Founded in 1878 as a two- room school and
named for state senator Whitmell P. Tunstall,
in 1918 the Whitmell Farm-Life School became
the first rural consolidated school in
Pittsylvania County. Sarah Archie Swanson
Beverley, who between 1916 and 1951 taught
here and served as principal, believed that
"the country school must be the center of
community life." Under her leadership,
Whitmell School attained that goal as a
model progressive school. In 1920, the national
Conference on Rural Education and Country
Life was held here, followed in 1923 by the
Virginia Rural Life Conference, which Gov. E. Lee
Trinkle and U.S. Sen. Carter Glass addressed.
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 631861 N 4063296
Decimal Degrees36.70620000, -79.52371667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 42.372', W 79° 31.423'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 42' 22.32" N, 79° 31' 25.38" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2127 Whitmell School Rd, Dry Fork VA 24549, US
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