Austinville School — Wythe County, Virginia

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!
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia

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.
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia The school closed in 2001 when declining enrollment forced the Wythe County School Board to combine Austinville students with nearby Jackson Memorial Elementary students. Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia

Cumberland Middle School — Harlan County, Kentucky

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Cumberland Middle School or historically known as Cumberland School is located in the city of Cumberland, Kentucky in the northern part of Harlan County.

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The school was completed in 1936 and was funded by the Federal emergency Administration of Public Works.

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The building is a very long shape that is kind of shaped like an elongated U, with the gymnasium shooting off at one end.  The building archetect was John T. Cillio and was built by Harlan Construction Company.

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This structure served as a K-8 school for the city of Cumberland until the new Cumberland Elementary School which served students in grades K-4 from Cumberland, Benham and Totz Elementary Schools.

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From 1993 until 2001 this building served as the newly formed Cumberland Middle School which served all students in the tri cities area in grades 5-8.

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In 2001 faced with aging facilities and a budget problem, the Harlan County School Board voted to close Cumberland Middle School along with Verda Elementary and Loyal Elementary Schools.

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At the end of the 2000-2001 school year approximately 280 students were sent to Cumberland Elementary and Cumberland High School from the closed Cumberland Middle School with 5th and 6th grades going to the elementary school and the high school absorbing the 7th and 8th grades.

The facility is now home to several community agencies and is utilized to a great degree.