Then and Now: Feb. 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016
It was officially called the Oak Valley School, but to locals it was always known as the 'Who'da' School. That was short for 'Who'da thought it?' A former student, Cecil Smith, related that the man who built the school (in the early 1900s) was working on it when a stranger approached and asked what he was building way out here in the woods. He said that it was going to be a school and the stranger exclaimed 'Who'da thought it?' -- building a school so far out in the woods. So in spite of having an official name the nickname stuck and eventually was shortened to the 'Who'da School.' It was consolidated with the Berryville School system in 1949. Today, the school serves as a community center and is used for reunions, meetings and school field trips. It sits on land owned by the Swofford family but is maintained by numerous families in the area. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)

It was officially called the Oak Valley School, but to locals it was always known as the 'Who'da' School. That was short for 'Who'da thought it?' A former student, Cecil Smith, related that the man who built the school (in the early 1900s) was working on it when a stranger approached and asked what he was building way out here in the woods. He said that it was going to be a school and the stranger exclaimed 'Who'da thought it?' -- building a school so far out in the woods. So in spite of having an official name the nickname stuck and eventually was shortened to the 'Who'da School.' It was consolidated with the Berryville School system in 1949. Today, the school serves as a community center and is used for reunions, meetings and school field trips. It sits on land owned by the Swofford family but is maintained by numerous families in the area. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)

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