Orange Street School

500 blk. of Orange St., jct. of Orange and Chance Sts., Fayetteville, North Carolina


Built in 1915, by African American contractor James Waddell. The Orange Street School is believed to be the oldest building associated with education in Fayetteville. Before it's construction, black students had been attending classes in a small, one-room schoolhouse for nearly 50 years. The school continued to function as an educational facility for 38 years. The upstairs now serves as a museum where Bishop James Walker Hood's top hat and bible can be viewed. He was an early founder and pastor of Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. The home of Edward Evans, the original principal of Orange Street School, is located accross the street.

Information source:

Photo taken by John Reidy



Street View 

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1987
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Other architectural type; Utilitarian Industrial
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Education; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1915; 1927
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • October 24, 2010: New photos from John Reidy