Arjay Elementary School — Bell County, Kentucky


The missing piece in the late 90s and early 2000’s tour of abandoned schools from Bell County consolidation (Minus Ward Chapel because it was razed several years before I became interested in photography)  is Arjay Elementary.


Arjay Elementary was located on state route 66 about 5 miles northeast of the county seat of Pineville.


Arjay had 126 students enrolled at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year.


The school is basically a carbon copy of the schools at Cubbage, Harmony and Blackmont, all built in the 1950s.



Today most of the windows are knocked out, the doors are knocked down and the building is open for vandals.



Elk Garden School — Russell County, Virginia

To think that this building is 99 years old and until 2013 it was in use as a public school.  The school division definitely got some bang with their buck when they constructed this building!  Elk Garden Elementary was located just off US 19 between the town of Lebanon and US 58 in Russell County, Virginia.  The school  is the oldest school building in Russell County and was built in 1916. It provided the first school lunch program in the county.

Elk Garden

A covered wagon drawn by a horse furnished by Governor Stuart and driven by one of the students was the first school bus in the county. Elk Garden served as a Junior High School from 1917 to 1927. In 1957, the all-purpose room was constructed to serve as a cafeteria, auditorium, and physical education facility.


Elk Garden was closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year.  The school served around 100 students in grades 3-6 in a total of 6 classrooms at the time of closing.


A news article posted by WCYB the NBC affiliate serving the area concerning the schools closing can be found here:  WCYB: Two Schools In Russell County Virginia Set To Close


Cedar Bluff High School — Tazewell County, Virginia

Back in 2008 when I was first getting into photography and especially abandoned photography I came across an old school sitting on a hill in Cedar Bluff Virginia in Tazewell County.


When I first started this project of documenting all of these historic schools of the past, this school was one of the inspirations for it.  Just the architectural    details that were incorporated into this building screamed historic and I just knew it had an amazing story.


I was back in Cedar Bluff in 2011 and drove back by to check and see if the old school was still standing, and sure enough, it was.


The brick structure was a four room school built in 1906.  It was orginially referred to as Cedar Bluff High School.  Later it housed elementary students.


The building is also referred to as College Hill School on several online sources.  Im guessing that might have, at some point referred to the name of the school when it was used for elementary grades.


The school building as well as the structures and neighborhood surrounding it are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Old Kentucky Turnpike Historic District.

Via wikipedia that district is described as:

Old Kentucky Turnpike Historic District is a national historic district located at Cedar Bluff, Tazewell County, Virginia. The district encompasses 35 contributing buildings, 3 contributing sites, and 3 contributing structures along Indian Creek Road and Indian Creek. They date from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Notable resources include the concrete bridge, steel railroad trestle, Cecil-Watkins House, Ratliff House, Cedar Bluff Presbyterian Church (c. 1930), the boyhood home of Governor George C. Peery (1873–1952), Thomas Cubine House (c. 1887), Gillespie House (c. 1892), the Old Cedar Bluff High School, Cedar Bluff High School (1906), and the Old Cedar Bluff Town Hall. Also located in the district is the separately listed Clinch Valley Roller Mills.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

But the cool information about this school isnt over yet.  I have one more goodie to share!

While digging around the internet for information on this school building that is now 109 years old, I found a youtube video of a drone flight some guy took around the old building.  You can really see a lot of the old fancy detailing of the building in this video and it is a great documentation of this Gothic style building.  You can see that video here:  College Hill School Youtube Video

Chuckey, Tennessee 37641

Chuckey Tennessee is a community in Greene County, Tennessee in  the northeastern part of the state bordering North Carolina.  The community was named after the Nolichucky River, which it lies along.  The zipcode is  37641.


Chucky lies just off of US Highway 11E between Jonesborough and Greeneville.


Unlike the other photos found in this entry, the US Post Office for Chuckey is located right on Highway 11E just west of the center of the community.


At the intersection Chuckey Pike and Charles Johnson Road I found this unique old building facing the railroad tracks.  Inscribed on the front door you can still make out “BANK” and “1929”  Definitely a throw back to the days of old and small town life!


bank4To be honest, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this fantastic building from every angle imaginable.




This shot shows as you reach the intersection of Chuckey Pike (State Highway 351) and Charles Johnson Road.


An old Hardware store at the intersection.

bank10One of the beautiful churches I came across while visiting Chuckey.


Chuckey United Methodist Church