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Revisiting Old Forestville Elementary in Great Falls

This is a picture of the last class at Forestville School 1952.

This is a picture of the last class at Forestville School 1952. Photo Contributed

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Teacher Margaret Marshall.

In response to the article "Great Falls History Revisited" by Kathleen J. Murphy/President of Great Falls Historical Society, in the Jan. 18 issue of the Great Falls Connection, a reader has posted the following note on The Connection’s website:

"Hi folks, I used to live in Great Falls, Va. when I was a kid. I went to Forestville Elementary from the 1st grade through the 7th. That would have been 1946 to 1953 before going on to Herndon High where I graduated in 1958. I can't seem to locate any websites that talk about the old elementary school that used to be on Walker Road just behind the second fire department that was built. It was a two-story brick building completely square in size where the 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades were on the first floor and the 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th were on the 2nd floor. The new Forestville Elementary School was built further down the road during my 7th year and now is called Great Falls Elementary School. Can you help me in locating information on this old school house and maybe point me in the way to finding pictures of it."

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The Forestville School was on Georgetown Pike where the Great Falls Fire Department is located now.

The Great Falls Historical Society provided the following response from Carolyn Cornwell Miller:

"The Forestville School was on Georgetown Pike where the Great Falls Fire Department is located now. I went to school from 1946 to 1952. I was in the last class at the Forestville School. I went to Herndon High School in fall 1952. The next fall they opened a new Great Falls school on Walker Road."