Glendale School — Washington County, Tennessee

A few months ago a friend of mine from the tri cities area posted pictures of this beautiful rural, almost gothic looking school.  I had to find it.  Let me tell you, this school is way out there.   There are more twists and turns getting to this school than I can remember.


Thankfully I was able to locate the school on google street view before traveling to the area and that helped.


The school is located only about 7 or 8 miles from Interstate 81 and the Falls Branch exit, but once you get off the interstate you pretty much take every turn you come to, or at least it feels that way.  From information I have found online about the school it was originally constructed around 1913-14 and opened in 1914.  Students would attend Glendale School until 1943 when it closed.


Glendale School is in a field beside Glendale Rd. not far from the intersection of Blackely Creek Rd. and Glendale Rd. in the Locust Mount – Oak Hill Community. This area was first called Locust Mount and then later Oak Hill.


Children from the school attended high school at Sulphur Springs.


Glendale School, situated nine miles southwest of Jonesborough, was one of a few consolidated schools in the county. Land for it had been donated by S.T. Martin and family and a 75-foot corridor to the spring was donated by Davis Barnes. In 1914, Glendale School had three teachers – Principal E. C. Hicks, Myrtle Leonard, and Frances Walker. There were 126 pupils and a daily average attendance of 91. In 1943 the land on which the school was located was sold to Dora Martin and the corridor to the spring was sold to Roscoe Lynch and Glendale School was closed.  The school is now used as a barn for hay storage.



2 thoughts on “Glendale School — Washington County, Tennessee”

  1. You should see it in the light of a full moon. Just a half moon is so bright out here you cast a shadow. Even thow i know it ant haunted, i can stare at it so long i swear i see figures moving around. But i love scary movies so its just my imagination taking a field trip. I live alone across the street and it is truly fascinating, in a spooky kinda way.

    1. Thanks for the comment Hugh! I bet so. I would love to see it at night. That would make some excellent night photography opportunities. Such a beautiful building.

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