Christiansburg Institute

Historical Significance

The Christiansburg Institute was founded as the Hill School circa 1867 by Captain Charles Schaeffer, an agent of the Freedmen's Bureau. It was the first school to provide secondary education for blacks in Southwest Virginia. In 1896, through the involvement of the Friends' Freedmen's Association, Booker T. Washington advised the school in its transition to the industrial model of education. Christiansburg Institute principals provided leadership not only within the school, but in the larger community.

The school closed in 1966 with the desegregation of Virginia's schools. In 1976, the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association was founded. In 1996, a subsidiary organization, Christiansburg Institute, Inc., was formed to renovate, restore, and develop the institute, not just as a historic site but as a living institution.

Physical Description

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Geographical and Contact Information

140 Scattergood Drive NW
Christiansburg, Virginia
Phone: 540-394-5001


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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Christiansburg Institute,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 19, 2019,

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