• The village of Conklin, VA, was unincorporated but its boundaries were understood to extend to north up Elk Lick Rd. to the South Riding Town Hall, south to the junction of Buffalo Run Ln. and the Bull Run Post Office Rd., west to Gum Springs Rd., and east to the Fairfax County line.  The land was pioneered mostly by migrating whites in the 18th century but by the 19th century was integrated with African-Americans and whites.  People made most of their money from agriculture.  Slavery and prejudice made life for African-Americans difficult; but they overcame hurdles, sought an education and the descendants have prospered.  Descendants of the white and African-American farmers still live in Loudoun and around the region and are proud of their joint heritage.

    The Conklin Club of J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, supported with funding from the Hugh McKee Loudoun Education Foundation Grant, met throughout the 2013 and 2014 schools years to explore the local history of South Riding.  A mural painted outside theschool cafeteria is a culmination of their efforts.  It depicts the important roads of Conklin as well as key buildings and people important to the history of the village, including Prosperity Baptist Church, the Conklin Colored School, the Settle-Dean cabin, and Jennie Dean.

    Reading more about the Village of Conklin, VA - Conklin Club paper


Last Modified on January 21, 2020