Fairview School — Scott County, Virginia

Old Fairview School -- Scott County, Virginia The Fairview school is located in Scott County, Virginia about 9 miles south of Duffield on Fairview Road, (VA Route 623). Old Fairview School -- Scott County, Virginia
This school was constructed in 1953 and served students K-12 at that time. The school was closed at the end of the 1989-90 school year.
Fairview School -- Scott County, VA Luckily the school board returned the building to the county government and the building has been in use as a community center and also serves as an outpost for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. Old Fairview School -- Scott County, Virginia

Fairview School -- Scott County, VA

Ballard County Courthouse — Wickliffe, Kentucky

Ballard County was formed from portions of Hickman County and McCracken County.  Ballard County has the distinction of being the county in Kentucky that borders both Illinois and Missouri.It was named for Bland Ballard , a Kentucky pioneer and soldier who served as a scout for General George Rogers Clark during the American Revolutionary War, and later commanded a company during the War of 1812. On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county’s early records. At this time the countyseat and courthouse was located in Blandville.

Ballard County Courthouse -- Wickliffe, Kentucky

The county seat was transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882. This courthouse was built in 1903 with the designs of Missouri architect Jerome B. Legg. It is located in the heart of Wickliffe making it the county’s most prominent structure. On February 27, 1980 the courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Jonesboro, Illinois 62952

Jonesboro, Illinois
The Jonesboro Illinois Post Office


Jonesboro is a city in Union County, Illinois. Jonesboro is famous for being the location of the third of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, on September 15, 1858. It was named for Doctor Jones, a pioneer settler.

Old Route 3 Bridge — Gale, Illinois

This truss bridge carries old Illinois state route 3 over Sexton Creek near the community of Gale in northern Alexander County, Illinois.

Old Gale Bridge -- Alexander County, Illinois
The bridge was constructed in 1933 and bypassed by the reconstruction of state route 3 to the west in 1990.
Old Gale Bridge -- Alexander County, Illinois
The bridge is 337 feet long and 23 feet wide. It was rehabilitated in 2011
Old Gale Bridge -- Alexander County, Illinois
This bridge is elegible to be considered to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bethany United Methodist Church — Austinville, Virginia

Austinville, Virginia
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.

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

Curtis Mathes Sign — Martinsville, Virginia

Several weeks ago a friend of mine and I took a drive over to the Martinsville, Virginia area.  It was a new experience for me.  Even though I had been all around Martinsville before, I had never actually been to Martinsville proper.

One of the most striking vintage relics we came across was this Curtis Mathes sign hanging on the side of a building, where it has obviously resided for many years.
Martinsville, VA
Now, Im about to show my age here, but I can remember when my parents first got a VCR and they would go to and take me to Curtis Mathes in downtown Harlan to rent video tapes.  In those does, Kentucky 38 went straight through downtown along Clover Street and there were buildings and the river right around where it runs today.  In one of those buildings was Curtis Mathes.  I always thought Curtis Mathes was the fancy place in town to rent video tapes because they came in those big brown and orange cases.  Kids are so weird sometimes.

Flag Pond School — Unicoi County,Tennessee

Flag Pond Elementary School was located in the Unicoi County community of Flag Pond, high up in the deep mountains of extreme eastern Tennessee bordering North Carolina.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School The current Flag Pond School was created when Rocky Fork School and Sweetwater School were consolidated. Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Interestingly enough, another earlier school was located in the community called “Hog Skin”.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School Today the Flag Pond School sits empty and although has been that way for around 20 years, it still seems to be secured and maintained. The grounds of this school is home to the annual ramp festival which is held on the second Saturday of May each year. Information about this past years festival can be found by clicking HERE Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Former Flag Pond Elementary School

Kmart — Athens, Tennessee

Kmart --Athens, Tennessee This Kmart was located at 1802 Decatur Pike in Athens, Tennessee. This was the second location for this Kmart in Athens. The original Kmart was located across the pike in a shopping center co-anchored by Kroger (now United Grocery Outlet) The first Kmart is now a Big Lots. Kmart --Athens, Tennessee
Kmart opened at this location on October 18, 1990. On April 21, 2016 it was announced that the Athens store (along with several other east Tennessee locations) would close. The final day in business was Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Kmart — New Boston, Ohio

The Kmart in New Boston, Ohio is located at 225 West Avenue. New Boston is a village located on the banks of the Ohio River in Scioto County.
Kmart -- New Boston, Ohio
The Kmart store opened on November 2, 1978.
Kmart -- New Boston, Ohio As of now there are no plans to close this location, as it remains one of only a few remaining in the tri state (Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia) area. Kmart -- New Boston, Ohio