by Lizzy Conroy
May 1, 2018
Photo: Chesterbrook Elementary Yearbook 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 Chesterbrook Elementary yearbook theme is "Decades: 1950s to Today."
Chesterbrook parent Tim Steeg put together the historical timeline that will appear in the upcoming yearbook.
Timeline of Chesterbrook, Virginia and Chesterbrook Elementary School
1865 - After Civil War, many freed slaves settled in the area, calling it Lincoln Village (Lincolnville).
1866 - First Baptist Church was built across from present-day Chesterbrook Elementary
1870 - Fairfax County Public Schools was established with 28 schools for white students and 13 schools for African-American students
1897 - When a post office was established in the neighborhood, the area was renamed Chesterbrook
1906 - A One-room wooden schoolhouse was built near Linway Terrace
1906 - A trolley running from Rosslyn to Great Falls had a stop at Franklin Park. With the advent of the automobile, the trolley closed in 1934 and the former track bed was converted into a road: Old Dominion Drive
1926 - The school was moved to its current location, having two classrooms, built of brick with indoor bathrooms and a coal heating furnace
1965 - Chesterbrook Elementary was desegregated
1970s - The 1926 school building was torn down and the gymnasium was built in its place
1970s - The school nickname changed from Chesterbrook Champions to Chesterbrook Chipmunks
Chesterbrook Yearbooks will be available for students in early to mid June. Stay tuned!
One Chesterbrook Alumnus Frank da Cruz, who attended Chesterbrook Elementary in the 1950's, has a photographical treasure box of pictures from the era, including a few from his yearbook. We thank Frank for sharing a few of those photos with us!
Photo: From Frank da Cruz collection: Mrs. Davis's 6th-7th grade class, 1955-56
Photo: Mrs. Allison's combined 1st-2nd grade class on a school field trip in 1952.
Photo: A note from Frank da Cruz's yearbook from his teacher, Mrs. Pelullo.
Photo: From the yearbook of Frank da Cruz. Some of his school friends, Chesterbrook Elementary, 1950's.
Photo: From the yearbook of Frank da Cruz. Mrs. Sarah M. Messick, Principal, Chesterbrook Elementary, 1950's.