- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) - A historically African-American community in Clarke County has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

One of eight sites added to the register, the Josephine City Historic District is located in Berryville, the county seat. The community was founded by freedmen in 1870 on 31 acres.

About a dozen of the district’s dwellings were constructed during the first decade of Josephine City. An 1882 school house is among the earliest surviving buildings. Other historic buildings still standing include modest dwellings and outbuildings and a church and cemetery.

The listing of Josephine City was by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

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