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March 7, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Schools: Malone School

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Malone School (2013), Photo by Bessie Clements

Alberta Anderson Caldwell and Martha Anderson Rollings recorded their memories of the Malone School.  Dr. Powell Anderson shared them with Bessie Clements who shared them with me.

The ladies recalled that, in 1862, their ancestor, Richard Malone, bought Rose Hill; then, he built a store to “supply that area” and opened a post office.  Later, “he gave the land and built a one-room log school for the children in that community.”  On Sunday afternoons, at 2:00 p.m., Grandpa Malone held a Sunday School (Christadelphian) in the humble structure.

In 1867 or 1868, their father, Charles Hutson Anderson (b.1861), attended Malone School. “After Daddy finished at the log school, he walked to Cousin Emmet McCraw’s above Andersonville and was tutored for two additional years. I remember his talking about walking through snow and rain four miles each way unless the snow was too deep. He rode the horse sometimes.”  In 1888, C.H.  Anderson married Ella Spencer and they lived at Rose Hill with his mother, Margaret Anderson, and her mother, Mary Ann Peterson Malone.

The log school closed about 1917, replaced by “the one-room school that stands there now.”  Eventually, a second room was added.  All twelve Anderson children attended that school.  It served many families in the area including: Harvey, Seay, Robertson, Spencer, Jones, Guill, Day, Gowin, Ripley, Warsing, and Shumaker.  In the summer of 1927, Malone School closed and was consolidated with the Buckingham County Schools.


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  1. Bruce McDonald / Aug 20 2013 12:19 am

    I found a photo of “Rose Hill” online at, in connection with the burial of Charles Hutson Anderson in the family cemetery there. Is the school building on the same property as that house? The photo caption gives a location which is hard to decipher; can you tell us the location?

    • Joanne Yeck / Aug 20 2013 5:43 am

      Bruce, I can’t give you the exact location; however, I’ll look into it and get back to you. Thanks sharing the link ~ Joanne

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 5 2013 8:33 pm

      Bruce, Bessie Clements has confirmed the following: “I just went up to the cemetery to make sure it was the one that you were talking about. It does have “Charles Hudson Anderson, B: 12-13-1861, D: 2-24-1941.” It also has Charles H. Jr.. along with other names. Yes, the school is still on the property, behind the house.”

      • Bruce McDonald / Sep 6 2013 12:57 pm

        That was so nice of Bessie to go there and check. Thanks, both of you. It sounds like it is, or was, a grand place with a rich history.


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