Cornland School, 2309 Benefit Rd.: This one-room schoolhouse was built in 1902 as one of the earliest efforts in Virginia to formally educate African American children after the Civil War. The school operated until 1952, and today the Cornland School Foundation is working to preserve and interpret the building and its stories. While the present building dates to 1902, an earlier school building built by freed slaves to educate their children is believed to have stood here or on land nearby as early as 1871. By 1885, official documents begin recording the names of the teachers in the school. (Melissa A. Winn)