One of my favorite things to kill time doing is to get on google earth and “drive” around off the beaten path. I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for a little bit and grew attached to the area so I travel between Harlan and Greensboro several times a year. A couple of months ago I was “driving” on google earth just south of Fort Chiswell, Virginia in Wythe County and discovered the long closed and abandoned Austinville School in Austinville. Ill have more on the fascinating history of the community of Austinville and its connections to our ancsestors right here in Harlan County and all of Kentucky tomorrow. For now, enjoy the pictures and as always feedback is welcome!
The school was constructed in the early 1950s. One source lists the correct date as 1952 and another lists and 1953. The school sits near the intersection of state route 619 and 636 just south of the New River.
The school closed in 2001 when declining enrollment forced the Wythe County School Board to combine Austinville students with nearby Jackson Memorial Elementary students.