I dont really have an interesting history or story to share about this church. I just really think its a pretty building. This church is located a few miles west off of exit 24 of Interstate 77 on Lead Mine Road. The church has been in the community since at least the early 1900s. I cant find any more information about this church online.
From 1772-1776 the site of Austinville was the home to the now extinct Virginia county known as Fincastle. Fincastle County was created in 1772 and strtched from Botetourt County, Virginia all the way to the Mississippi River, including all of present day Kentucky. Fincastle became extinct in 1776 when the county was split into Washington, Montgomery and Kentucky counties. Austinville is also home to the father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin.
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.