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December 28, 2012 / Joanne Yeck

Humanity Hall Academy

Humanity-Hall-AcademyHumanity Hall (Courtesy Historic Buckingham) 

According to Thomas Baldwin’s Gazetteer of the United States (1854), that year 194 pupils attended public schools and 96 attended academies or other schools. One of those academies was Humanity Hall. Founded by Elijah Garland Hanes, the original location for Humanity Hall Academy was not far from the Buckingham-Cumberland County line, near Nuckols. The school’s unusual name may have remembered another Humanity Hall Academy in Hanover County.

In 1848, Elijah Hanes purchased 1050 acres on Joshuas and Turpins Creek, about ten miles north of Buckingham Courthouse. He paid $10,000 for the farm, which was previously owned and developed by the Holman family, who left behind a handsome manor house. There he relocated his family and his school. It continued to thrive through the 1850s, eventually under the direction of his son, Garland B. Hanes. Closed during the Civil War, Humanity Hall never reopened.


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  1. Jeff Schneider / Jan 8 2013 3:54 pm

    Don’t know where you are located but thought you moight find this ionteresting:
    At Jones Memorial Library – Lynchburg, Virginia
    APRIL 17, 2013
    The Restoration of Humanity Hall
    by Martha Stokes
    “Humanity Hall,” is an 18th Century & early 19th Century house located in Buckingham Co, VA. The lecture will include a brief history of the house, beginning with the condition of the house when purchased by Martha and Ray Stokes in 2001, and continuing through the restoration process over the past few years.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 8 2013 4:04 pm

      I’m in Ohio (when I’m not rambling in Virginia). I’m delighted to learn that Martha Stokes is making a presentation at Jones Memorial Library. The Stokes family has done a beautiful job with the restoration of Humanity Hall.

  2. Joanne Yeck / Dec 30 2012 6:08 am

    I believe the original Humanity Hall school, near the Cumberland border, is gone; however, the dwelling built by the Holman family still exists and has recently been restored. More posts to come!

  3. Steven / Dec 29 2012 10:44 pm

    Do the buildings from either locations still exist?


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