Virginia Randolph, an innovative African-American educator in vocational training, kept an office in this building during the latter part of her life. Miss Randolph died in 1958 and is buried on the grounds.
"The Jeanes Fund," which supported Supervisors of Negro Education until 1968. This helped pay the salary for Virginia Randolph, who thus became the first Jeanes supervisor.
The reports Virginia Randolph submitted for the 1908-1909 school year of her work with the twenty-three schools she supervised so impressed the Jeanes Fund board, that they authorized payment for eleven other Virginia counties the following year. They sent copies to white state supervisors throughout the South and the Henrico Plan was adopted throughout across the southern states.
The Virginia Randolph Cottage built in 1937 was the home economics cottage for the Virginia Randolph Education Center.
In 1974, this structure was dedicated as a museum in honor of Miss Randolph and is a National Register Landmark.