At one point in its history, the Larus property encompassed 500 acres. Over the years, records suggest it has been home to farmers, doctors, and a descendant of Pocahontas. The last private owner was “Squire” Lewis G. Larus.
Vice President of one the area’s thriving tobacco companies, Mr. Larus engaged the finest designers and craftsmen to create his Tudor-style mansion and surrounding gardens. Architectural firm Baskervill created the plans for the residence that was completed in 1926. Charles Gillette, a renowned landscape architect who designed gardens for Agecroft Hall, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and the Governor’s residence at the State Capitol, is the genius behind the adjacent walled garden.
Students who learn in the main house enjoy the beauty of original hardwood floors, abundant natural light, unique materials and intricate design. The Gillette Garden and stone terrace provide our school with a backdrop for students’ play, garden concerts, and a splendid graduation. The garden is also available to the larger community to rent for weddings and other private events.
Founders Hall, constructed in 2012, has enabled school-wide gatherings, performances, workshops, and celebrations. It is also home to the first classrooms- large and light-filled – designed specifically for our educational approach.
The community garden is home for both weekly after school enrichment and a summer program in which children learn about gardening and develop an initial understanding of food economy.
Our athletics resources include a regulation-size soccer field that is home field for our soccer league, two tennis courts, basketball hoops, four-square courts, and a modern playground that provides physical challenge and good fun.
Adjacent to the school is Lewis G. Larus Park – home to trails, streams, and a variety of flora and fauna that inspire many a scientific inquiry. Our students access the park weekly and many consider it a favorite destination for family adventures.
In the first decade of Sabot at Stony Point’s story, we developed and updated a campus master plan to preserve the aesthetic and historic quality of our grounds while planning for purpose-built space for a contemporary educational program. A separate plan envisions the future of our landscape and campus gateway. Both plans provide a roadmap that will guide the development of the campus in our second decade and beyond.