Josephine City School

Josephine City School is a historic school building for African-American children located at Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia. It was built about 1882, and is a rectangular, one-story, frame building with a gable roof and a four-bay side gable entrance facade. The school measures approximately 40 feet long and 30 feet wide. It is part of a school complex for African American children that included the Josephine City School; the 1930 brick Clarke County Training School; and a 1941 frame building that was constructed as additional agriculture classrooms. It was used as an elementary school until 1930, when it was moved a short distance from its original location, and used as the Clarke County Training School's home economics and agriculture classrooms. It was used for classrooms until 1971, when it was turned into storage space, after which it was converted into low/moderate-income elderly housing.[3][4]

Josephine City School
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Josephine City School, April 2013
Josephine City School is located in Northern Virginia
Josephine City School
Josephine City School is located in Virginia
Josephine City School
Josephine City School is located in the United States
Josephine City School
Location301-A Josephine St., Berryville, Virginia
Coordinates39°08′28″N 77°58′46″W / 39.14105°N 77.97952°W / 39.14105; -77.97952Coordinates: 39°08′28″N 77°58′46″W / 39.14105°N 77.97952°W / 39.14105; -77.97952
Arealess than one acre
Built1882 (1882)
NRHP reference No.95000397[1]
VLR No.168-5027
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 7, 1995
Designated VLRFebruary 14, 1995[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[1]

Part of the building now houses the Josephine School Community Museum and Clarke County African-American Cultural Center. Opened in 2003, the museum displays the history of Clarke County's African-American community.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Maral S. Kalbian (November 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Josephine City School" (PDF). Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ a b Lee, Anne Carter (2015). Buildings of Virginia, Valley, Piedmont, Southside and Southwest. University of Virginia Press. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-8139-3565-2.

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