Central Academy in Patrick County
I recently learned of a Facebook page called “Abandoned in Virginia” and with some excitement I went to the page and discovered wonderful images of days gone by. I had a thought about a month ago that I needed to narrow my focus in my photography. At least that’s what a lot of the pros say. Find your passion and specialize. I have never done that because I find too many subjects of a variety of themes that draw me in depending upon my mood, or even where I might be on a given day. So, as I went to my photography catalog and began looking for shots showing abandonment, I began to feel rejuvenated about my photography. A trip back to my hometown a few days later gave me perfect opportunities. Here are a few images of a place I didn’t know existed in the county where I spent the first seventeen years of my life. This is Central Academy, a school operated by the Presbyterian Church from 1910-1932. It was a boarding school with a main adminstration building, where classes were held, and boys’ and girls’ dormitories. It became a county elementary school until the mid-1950s and some of my friends recall their parents and siblings talking about attending school there. One friend reported that it must have been a good school because her parents studied Latin there, were on the debate team, and had told her the school had a marching band! Today it is a privately owned property. One dormitory has been restored and it is their residence. The other is vacant. The main building with classrooms burned in the late 1930s, and all that remains are four pillars under some huge pine trees. Thanks to my friends from the area for providing me with this information. Here are the photos from the property.