The Northern Neck Baptist Association established the Northern Neck Industrial Academy in 1898 through financial contributions from local black Baptist churches. The academy opened approximately three miles to the west on Route 608 at Oak Hill Farm in Oct. 1901 as the first high school for blacks in Richmond County. Students from Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland, King George, and Essex Counties also attended the academy, often living in on-site dormitories. Sunday school and church services took place here as well. The establishment of public county high schools in the early 20th century resulted in its closure by 1938. The property was eventually sold and the main buildings are no longer standing.
Geographic Location: Richmond County
Physical Description of Location: History Land Highway (Virginia 3), Farnham, VA 22460. Marker is on left when traveling west on Virginia 3, about .5 miles west of intersection with Farnham Creek Road (State Route 608).
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