Out of the attic

Photo courtesy of Thaniel Dodson

About three miles west of Sperryville in what is now Shenandoah National Park, students in grades one through six spent their days at the Atkinstown School, which ceased to exist when the park was created in the 1930s. In this photo, taken in the late 1920s, three of the students who posed for a midwinter portrait on the front steps have been identified by the Dodson family, from whose attic the photograph comes. If anyone can identify any of the other students in this photo, Thaniel Dodson of Sperryville would love to hear from you; he can be reached at 540-987-8036. As always, if your attic (or scrapbooks, or that big old hatbox on the top shelf of the guest room closet) holds similar local-history treasures, please bring them by the office, or contact us online. We’d be happy to scan the photo for you.