Scrabble School Preservation Foundation

An Historic Rosenwald School in Rappahannock County

Tours by appointment only.
The building is also location of Senior Center of Rappahannock County, Mon-Thur 10-2.

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Rappahannock County Artisan Trail (site #97)

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An historic Rosenwald School—listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation among America’s “most endangered places” in 2003.

It was the early 1920s. Jim Crow segregation was the law.

Inspired by Booker T. Washington, Sears, Roebuck co-founder Julius Rosenwald established a fund to help build schools for African-American children in the South. Scrabble School—one of four Rosenwald Schools in Rappahannock County—served children in grades 1-7 between 1921 until it closed in 1968 following integration.

Having survived the test of time, Scrabble School was restored in 2009 and is an outstanding example of the innovative Rosenwald School design. An exhibit about its history opened in 2010, joined in 2014 by an interactive exhibit especially for children. The Scrabble website features a virtual exhibit and oral histories.


Nan Butler Roberts, President; Susanna Spencer, Program Director




111 Scrabble Road
Castleton, VA 22716

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