Gone, But Forever Remembered On A Highway Marker

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Old Bethel School Location



No, the Mobil1 Lube Express is still there - I am talking about what it replaced .

We have been using this oil change facility for "eons" even though there is a modern Jiffy Lube just a few blocks away.

Last week, Arthur stopped in to have the oil changed in my car and had his ever present camera in hand. When the manager commented that he always sees him with a camera Arthur mentioned that we blog about real estate and local history.

The manager pointed to a tree and highway marker at the side of the lot and said, "There used to be a school right here". Sure enough, the very first high school in eastern Prince William County was on the site. The sign (hidden by hanging branches) provides a very good account of how the Prince William County school system made use of that site. I can't believe we have overlooked that sign for more than 20 years since we regularly use historic markers in our posts about Prince William County's history

Taking the time to read highway markers will

 

  • Let your out-of-town-clients know you are very knowledgeable about your community
  • Give you information to write interesting localism posts

 

We believe our knowledge of the area's history makes us better ambassadors for Prince William County.

If you go to Highway Marker Database you will see a link on the right sidebar to "Markers Near You" - it automatically finds the markers in your area and displays them on a Google Map. It doesn't get any easier than that.

 

Old Bethel School Marker

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Rainmaker
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Ashley Connolly
Northeast Water Wells Inc - Jaffrey, NH

I love history and its amzing the things we overlook in our travels. Great Post !!!

August 21, 2012 12:58 PM #37
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RE/MAX Real Estate Connections - Manassas, VA
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Ashley  Truem but the markers preserce it for us

August 21, 2012 01:06 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
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Wonderful.  I wonder why the manager of the oil change store didn't cut a few branches years ago with pride.

August 21, 2012 02:53 PM #39
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, I have driven by that a few hundred times without seeing it or knowing it was there!  Amazing.  It should be more prominent!

August 21, 2012 03:35 PM #40
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Hi Karen, thanks for the link to the highway market database...I will be checking it out to see what I can find for my area.

August 21, 2012 04:49 PM #41
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Chris and Dick  Thank you - I'll suggest that

August 21, 2012 05:00 PM #42
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Jay  Stop in for an oil change and trim the branches

August 21, 2012 05:03 PM #43
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Rebecca  I look forward to the results

August 21, 2012 05:04 PM #44
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I don't know why it is.  Perhaps it's because I blog now.  I seem to be noticing these historic signs everywhere, which I had missed before.  It is wonderful to receive the little history lessons they provide along the road of life's journeys.

August 21, 2012 06:31 PM #45
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Karen:

I keep my camera handy and love to take pictures of highway markers.  thanks for the website.  Now I can find more of the highway signs to take pictures of.

August 21, 2012 08:27 PM #46
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Karen Anne Stone
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Karen:  I find that the older I get... the more important loyalty becomes.  I mean, for me it has always been important... but gradually becomes even moreso.

August 22, 2012 12:50 AM #47
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Myrl If people would take the time to read them they would appreciate the wonderful richness of the American heritage

August 22, 2012 03:27 AM #48
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Evelyn  It makes it a lot easier

August 22, 2012 03:28 AM #49
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Karen Anne - am not sure it is age related.  For example, when You, Arthur and I became licensed people relied on professional expertise.  The change is not peculiar to realty.  How about using an online template to incorporate, make a will or establish a trust.  Youcan even diagnose an illness online if you are that foolish.  This is no longer the world we anticipated.  Oops - the battery on my soapbox is getting weak  :)

August 22, 2012 03:35 AM #50
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Joni Staples
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Wow! That's cool. Thanks for another GREAT blogging idea. I know of a historical marker just east of town. I checked it out many years ago, but cannot remember what it was all about. I think it is time I revisit it!

August 22, 2012 01:21 PM #51
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One thing that is almost funny... is that many of us, myself very much included, have passed these Highway Markers so many times... and just keep on going.  Stopping and reading them not only gives us something to blog about and share with our readers... I have found it really helps me understand each area better. 

It is a great way to really get to KNOW an area... by helping my to get a handle on the people who lived there long ago.

August 22, 2012 02:06 PM #52
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Joni  Sheck out the web site - you will find many more

August 22, 2012 02:21 PM #53
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Karen Anne  Frankly, it has taught me more about the area than some of our friends who have lived here all their lives

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Karen,

That's fascinating! I'm glad that there are markers erected to memorialize these significant sites.

Jo

September 25, 2012 05:54 PM #55
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Jo-Anne  Remembering our past can be exciting if you pay attention, but too many don't take the time to read them

September 26, 2012 03:09 AM #56
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