The Remarkable Miss Alice
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“Oh, didn’t you know?” she exclaimed. “When I returned to the island, Fairbank School was gone, taken away.” Aha. So Jennifer had been right to worry. When she locked up the school that June of 1923, it never reopened. The county finally insisted on consolidation. They sold the old wooden building to Percy Harrison, the local school-bus driver, who moved it behind his home on Wharf Road to serve as his car barn. Some years later, I finally discovered a photo of the Fairbank School, which we both were delighted to see. What I had never found, however, was a photo showing both the church and the school side by side, as they were from 1891 to 1923. “Wouldn’t you think somebody would have taken a picture like that?” I said. Miss Alice smiled. “Oh, I have that picture.” “You do?” I exclaimed. “Where is it?” “In here,” she grinned, tapping her temple. Undaunted, I said, “All right. Then let’s drive down there and you can tell me what it is you see in your mind’s eye.” Always ready for an adventure, Alice agreed. A few minutes later we stood in front of the Chapel. She closed her eyes. “The school was over there, back from the road.” I tried to picture it. Sud158
Tidewater Times December 2013