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February 2, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

A School for Young Ladies at Buckingham Court House

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 Fashion Plate, August 1844

The Buckingham High School for Young Ladies operated at Buckingham Court House for at least a decade. During the 1830s, the founders and Principles, John and Laura P. Fairchild, ran advertisements for the High School in the Richmond newspapers.

Sometime before 1844, the Fairchilds apparently discontinued their school and made their buildings available to Mr. and Mrs. Meany, formerly of the “Lynchburg Institute for Young Ladies.” On November 5, 1844, the Meanys ran this advertisement in the Richmond Whig.  Given the date, they still had places to fill!

BOARDING AND DAY SCHOOL

FOR YOUNG LADIES,

At Buckingham Court House, Va.

Mr. & Mrs. Meany, who formerly conducted the “Lynchburg Institute for Young Ladies,” propose to open a Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies on Monday, November 4th, 1844, at this place.

                The instruction will be explanatory in a high degree, and adapted in all cases to the comprehension and proficiency of the pupil; and the understanding of the young ladies will be exercised, and their judgment matured, by a well-selected a rigorous course of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, calculated to secure a habit of close attention and accurate reasoning.

                The School will be supplied with the instruments necessary for the proper illustration of the subjects requiring such aid, and every facility will be offered to acquire a liberal and thorough education. The buildings are suitable and commodious, being those formerly occupied, and build expressly for a Female School, by the Rev. J.P. Fairchild.

According to tradition, the academic buildings burned about two years later. It is currently unknown if the Meanys were conducting school there at that time.

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