The African-American Schools of Louisa County
Former African-American Schools
in Louisa County, Virginia


The last school bearing the name Ferncliff was a 5 room school (remains still standing) on Evergreen Road near Rt. 250. It replaced an earlier school built in 1924 described as follows:

In 1948, Ferncliff was owned by the county and had an enrollment of 44 students.

Location: Just west of Rt. 208 and Rt. 250 near the Goochland County line
Number of rooms: 1
Year Constructed: 1924
Year Closed:
Building Still Exists: no

From: A Survey of Negro Education in Louisa County, Paul Everett Behrens, 1949. University of Virginia Special Collections (Master's Thesis)

I would like to, as best as I can, describe the physical facility known as Ferncliff Elem. School.  It was constructed of cinder blocks.  The blocks that made up the exterior of the building also were the interior walls of the building. 

The school opened in 1956 and was furnished with old desks that the white schools replaced when they got new desks. This was the "hand-me-down" furniture. The building consisted of five classrooms for seven grades. Several rooms and teachers had to teach two grades at one time. Mrs. Gladys Perkins (deceased) was the only principal ever to serve there. Along with being principal, she also was the teacher for the six and seventh grade classes.

Other teachers included Mrs. Deloris Chapman (deceased), Mrs. Sye (deceased), Ms. Hawkins, Mrs. M. Johnson (deceased), and Mrs. Earlene Mason who currently resides in Louisa County.

The school had no exercise equipment whatsoever. Someone would bring a ball and bat, vollyball or some other game from home. For music the students had to purchase a flute through the teacher or school and there were no other instruments.

 Submitted by Eleanor McGehee, 2012

Please help us gather more information about the Ferncliff school. We are seeking first person narratives, photographs and written accounts about the school. If you have information to share, please contact the
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