Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

A relic of segregation in Virginia . . . a one-room schoolhouse in Remington, reclaimed by the forces of nature.

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Forces of Nature.
Our instructions:  This week, share a force of nature from your corner of the world.

I couldn’t think of a better way to demonstrate the force of nature than to show how nature reclaims what we abandon.

This is Routt’s Hill School, a one-room schoolhouse in Remington, Virginia.  It was an all-black schoolhouse, in the days before desegregation came to Virginia.  Routt’s Hill School was built in 1926, on the site of the former Fox Hill School, which was built by freed slaves in 1866.  I’m not sure exactly when it closed its doors to students, but I’m guessing sometime in the late 1950s.

I read an article in our local newspaper about Routt’s Hill School, so I drove out to Remington to see if I could grab a couple of photos.  I really, really wanted to peek inside, but I respected the no trespassing signs.  Mother Nature has reclaimed this old schoolhouse, but I’ve heard rumors of a possible restoration.  The historian in me really hopes that happens — it makes me sad to see historical treasures fading away.


Nikon D800
ISO 400 | 24mm | f/16 | 1/125 sec

Related Armchair Sommelier post:

Black & White Photo Challenge, No. 1:  A look at Schoolhouse No. 18 in Marshall, Virginia, and the story of desegregation in Virginia.

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