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Historic Properties Rental Services: Forestville Schoolhouse

Forestville Schoolhouse

9812 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia 22066

This site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to 1889. It was originally a one-room schoolhouse, but in 1911 it doubled in size when the Floris Elementary Schoolhouse was moved from its location in what is now Frying Pan Park and attached to the west side of the building. Over the years, the schoolhouse has served as a school, junior Grange, library, bank, post office and private residence.

The schoolhouse offers large sunlit rooms with hardwood floors. It may be rented individually or with the adjacent Great Falls Grange.

Indoor Banquet: 49
Indoor Cocktail-Style Reception: 49
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Rental Rates:
Base Fee (4-hours): $320
Extra Hours: $80/hour
Alcohol Beverage Use Fee: $200
Security Deposit: $300

Rent the Great Falls Grange with the Forestville Schoolhouse and receive 10% off your base rental and extra hour fees.

The rental time is to include setup and cleanup time, as well as the function. The security deposit is refunded after the rental, provided there were no damages or contractual violations.

Available Equipment:
6 four-foot round tables
6 six-foot rectangular tables
49 off-white folding chairs

Hardwood floors
Pantry area with sink and counter space
Piano (it can be tuned for your event for an additional fee)
Ceiling fans in gathering rooms (NO air conditioning)
Baseboard heat

The Forestville Schoolhouse is wheelchair accessible.

Contact Us for specific date availability or to schedule an appointment to view the property!

Location and Directions:

The Great Falls Grange is located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls. From the Beltway, I-495: Take Exit 44 West (Route 193, Georgetown Pike) for 6.2 miles. The Grange is on the right, just within the park entrance. The Forestville Schoolhouse is adjacent to the Grange at 9812 Georgetown Pike.

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Forestville Schoolhouse

Forestville Schoolhouse History

With population growing in the latter part of the 19th century, the residents of the Dranesville District petitioned for a school to be built on Georgetown Pike. In October 1889, George and Alice Gunnell sold one acre of land to the School Trustees of the Dranesville Districts for $50 to be used for the school site. Development of the wooded site began immediately and the one-room, wood stove heated, Forestville Schoolhouse opened in November, 1889. The first and longest serving of the school teachers was Henry Cornwell, who had been the Forestville post master from 1891 to 1895. It was said that Mr. Cornwell taught "to the tune of the hickory stick."

In 1911, the Floris Elementary School building was dismantled, moved from its Frying Pan location and added to the west side of the original schoolhouse. Another teacher was hired to teach the first through third grades in the new addition and Mr. Cornwell taught the fourth through seventh grades in the original section of the building. There was no plumbing in the schoolhouse. Water was carried from wells across Georgetown Pike and in 1914 or 1915, two outhouses were finally constructed.

Another Forestville School was built in 1922 to replace the smaller structure. From 1923 to 1950, the original school served as a residence. The Great Falls Grange members bought the schoolhouse in 1951 to serve as a "junior" Grange and Boy Scout meeting hall. In 1953, the building briefly served again as a school, handling the overflow from the Forestville School. From 1958 to 1966, Great Falls Realty retained offices in the east section; the west section served as the post office and then public library for the community. The last tenant was the United Virginia Bank, who vacated the building in 1981.

In 1983, the Fairfax County Park Authority, local citizens and Great Falls Heritage, Inc. partnered to raise funds and labor to renovate the Forestville Schoolhouse.

The Forestville Schoolhouse is listed on the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Inventory, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure to the Great Falls Grange.

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