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

Koontztown Elementary School

The photograph and description of the Koontztown school were contributed by Mrs. Verna Anderson

 The building in this picture was named The Koontztown Elementary School.  This one room school was located on Route 15 about a half mile from the Orange County line into Louisa County. 

I imagine most years the student enrollment would be between sixteen and twenty students and included all grades one through seven.  All of the students walked to the school and went home for lunch.  I only attended the Koontztown School for one year. 

Koontztown school

During the summer vacation (after that year) the Orange County and Louisa County officials had agreed to close the Koontztown school and  enroll these students in the Gordonsville School in Orange County. 

We, the students from Koontztown school, walked one mile each way for three years. At the end of three years, Louisa County had provided the long awaited bus to take the children to a Louisa County School.  That school was named the Mechanicsville School.

Please help us gather more information about the Koontztown 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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