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Carver Center

Located in the historic George Washington Carver Regional High School, a segregation-era high school for African Americans, the Carver Center is the result of an initiative by Culpeper County and others to reuse this space as a job training center. Currently, it houses the American Institute of Welding, New Pathways Tech, and George Washington Carter Agricultural Research Center, with room for many more partners. For information on these groups, the future plans for the site, and the history of the building, please see below.

Services: Job Training, Small Business Aid

Web:

Phone: General, (540) 727-3409; Agriculture Research Center, (540) 727-3435 ext 351
Address: 9432 James Madison Hwy, Rapidan, VA  22733

Quick Facts

$1M+
Invested by Culpeper County in the Carver Center
12 Acres
The size of the property, offering a vast space to expand

New Pathways Tech

This corporation provides job training at the Carver Center Complex machine shop, in Rapidan, VA, to allow students to gain credentials from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. The programs offered by New Pathways Tech focus on machining skills and metal milling. Learn more here.

George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center

This research center focuses on helping farmers, especially those who have few resources or are just beginning their careers. The GWCARC provides hands-on demonstrations and workshops in the field. It also offers classroom workshops to help navigate the managerial side of farming. Learn more here.

Future Plans

One of the key projects currently underway at the Carver Center is a commercial kitchen for educational and private entrepreneurial use. Besides this, there is currently open office space, a large auditorium, a woodworking shop, and classroom space which could be occupied by new tenants. Please visit the Culpeper website to see the latest updates on the Carver Center plans.

History of the Building

Constructed in 1948 to serve as the African American high school during segregation, the George Washington Carver School has been fully restored and updated to modern standards. The historic library of the school now serves as a museum operated by the alumni association.

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