A one room schoolhouse gets new life because middle school students are working to restore it to a new use.
Few people who pass the small Ashburn Rd building today notice it. But years ago, the boarded up building with chipping paint was a hub for the black community.
The building was shuttered at the beginning of desegregation. It had been the school for African American children.
Today, middle school students are looking to restore it as a living museum
“This is a chance to hold on to one of the last old pieces of Ashburn,” said Russell Sparks, an eighth-grader at Loudoun School for the Gifted. He is one of the students who’s helping to restore the building.
Loudoun School for the Gifted plans to purchas the property occupied by the schoolhouse and an additional adjacent three acres, and turn the property into a “center for learning”. The new facility would be state of the art with the schoolhouse serving as a museum.