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Friday, July 22, 2011

Crouch School Scheduled to Move August 11

The one-room Crouch School, which was used to educate students in the Clifton area of Fairfax County from 1874 until the 1920s, will be moved from its current location at the corner of Union Mill and Compton Roads to the campus of Liberty Middle School. The target date for the move is Thursday, August 11. 

Once it is moved to the Liberty site, the school will be used as a teaching museum to support elementary and middle school instruction by helping provide a “day in the life” experience of what school was like in the late 1800s. 

Several contracting companies are donating part of their services to accomplish the move. Beginning Monday, July 25, a local carpentry company is removing the vinyl siding and additions and inserting structural bracing to secure the building during the move. The doors, windows, and stones from the foundation will be removed and salvaged. Once the structure has been moved, it will be set on a poured foundation slab and restored to its appearance as a one-room schoolhouse. New steps, a ramp, and access for people with physical disabilities will be provided, as well as electricity, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and other amenities. There will not be water at the site.

The Committee to Save Crouch School, a group of community members, was established in September 2006. A partner relationship was formed between Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the committee afterwards to move and restore the school. FCPS donated land on the grounds of Liberty Middle for the relocation of the old schoolhouse. The committee has raised $105,000 to date and has been the driving force in the effort to save and restore the building. The Providence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chose the school as its project and, since 2009, has been accepting donations to fund the move, restoration, maintenance, and operation of the school as a teaching museum. No FCPS funds are planned to be used for this project.

The Crouch School served FCPS students for almost 50 years. The Crouch family purchased the building back from the school system for $125 at auction in 1925. Thomas and Janey Nodeen own the land on which the Crouch School is located and have donated the building to FCPS.
The school’s existing sign and deed will be preserved along with the building itself. 

More information can be found at http://savecrouchschool.org/home.htm.

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