Send a Girl to the Burwell School
Imagine it's the year 1851. $67.50 pays a young woman's tuition.
Fast-forward to today and that same
investment allows you to preserve an important piece
of history, educate young people about their shared
history, and help foster a sense of community. Choose
students from the historical profiles below and support
the Burwell School Historic Site. Please remember that
support of a particular student is not restricted to
a single donor.
The Burwell School Historic Site is
a 501 c(3) non-profit organization and all contributions
are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
All donors will receive a written receipt by mail.
A downloadable form is available online for supporting a girl.
The Berry Sisters
$200 sent three daughters of master builder John
Berry to the Burwell School. Josephine became
an artist and Elizabeth Ann used her education
to become a teacher who inspired a love of
classical literature in her students. Unfortunately,
Rosanna, thought by some to be the most beautiful
and charming of the Berry Daughters, died
in 1860 at the age of 24. Donors who send
the Berry girls to school will be invited
to a garden party in the spring to experience
first-hand the results of their tuition payment.
The Murphy Twins
$135 sent the Murphy twins to the Burwell School
in 1848. 14 year-old Mary and Susan were from
Sampson County, NC. In a letter to their mother,
Mary declared that she liked the Burwells
“very much” and Hillsborough “tolerably
well.” Her homesick sister wrote “I
have never wanted to see home so bad in my
life…Tell Pa if he don’t send
for me I will go in the stage for I cannot
stand it. I must go home if I have to walk.”
Donors who choose to send the Murphy twins
to school will receive a set of note cards
featuring the Burwell School’s rare
White Musk Rose.
$67.50 sent Virginia Mosely to the Burwell School.
She made the long journey from Tallahassee,
FL to Hillsborough in 1852. Her father, William
Dunn Mosely, was the first governor of Florida
and sent his daughter back to his home state
of North Carolina to be educated.