Well, I visited an interesting historical place today, for Black History Month, but not what I thought I was visiting.
I had intended to visit the Lucasville School, a one-room black school from the segregation area (until 1926), on Route 28 near Manassas, VA, website here. The Washington Post had provided a writeup here. It is supposed to be open weekend days 11 AM – 4 PM in February.
webpage and didn’t realize that the school is not on the same campus as the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, south of Bristow, and south of Rt 28 a bit (as 28 heads out toward 29-211, south of Warrenton). I haven’t run into this situation with history parks before, but one has to be careful (as with the many locations around Charlottesville and in Williamsburg). I didn't fully realize this until I got home and looked at the site again, wondering why what I visited didn't seem to be open or quite match what I had read. I didn't check my phone.
So I got an interesting walking tour on a sunny but frigid “upper south” winter day of the Brentsville Courthouse center, that has a lot of documentation of segregation anyway. There is a “white” one-room school, the foundation of a tavern or bar (the forerunner of a disco?) and a one-room Presbyterian church that looks like it could have been used as a school house for a white, and if I read the notes right, maybe it was. There is also a colonial-era courthouse, similar to Williamsburg.
I don’t have much time life in February to fix my error and revisit the correct location for Lucasville, but I’ll try. I wish it had more public open hours.