Center Hill Consolidated School — Bourbon County, Kentucky

A few weeks ago someone posted pictures of this beautiful building near Paris.  I knew I had to get up there soon to see it as the roof was clearly failing or had failed in the photos.  Luckily, on my way back from a dead mall trip to Cincinnati and Columbus earlier this week I was able to locate the Center Hill Consolidated School located on Russell Cave Road in rural Bourbon County.

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Center Hill Consolidated School was opened in 1924 and served to consolidate three nearby one room schools.

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Until 1948 the school served students from this part of Bourbon County in grades 1-12. In the fall of 1948 Bourbon County consolidated students in grades 9-12 from Center Hill, Little Rock, Clintonville and Millersburg to form Bourbon County Vocational High School. That building is still in use today as Bourbon County Middle School.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky The school was expanded in 1958 to include a new cafeteria and other new spaces. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
According to records kept the National Center for Educational Statistics in 1967-68 Center Hill School had 246 students and 11 teachers in grades K-6.
ScreenHunter 02 I cant find a definite closing date for Center Hill. I have narrowed it down quite a bit though. The school apparently closed sometime early 90s. Someone shared these pictures taken at an auction that was held for the building and its contents after closure. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
I base my calculation of early 90s on the shiny Chevy Corsica in this picture.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky Sometime in 2016 the school suffered roof failure and has fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
Upon researching for information about this school I stumbled upon a Facebook group dedicated to this school, including comments from the current owner. I really feel sorry for the current owner as it seems they really wanted to save this building. Its stunning and when you drive through that stretch of road, as an outsider, you can envision how beautiful this school was when it was in its prime.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
I’ve said it so many times in this blog before, but it bares repeating…..They just don’t build them like they use to.

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Skyvue Twin Drive In — Winchester, Kentucky

The Skyvue Twin Drive In is located on US 60 between Winchester and Lexington Kentucky.

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The Drive in opened in 1948.  A second screen was added at a later date.

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In February of 2014 the property was put up for sale at a price of $499,000.  The drive in remained in operation during the 2014 season but failed to reopen for the 2015 season.

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Paint Lick School — Garrard County, Kentucky

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Paint Lick, which is probably one of the most odd names for a community I have come across, is located in Garrard County on the fringes of the bluegrass region of Kentucky.   It lies along State Routes 21 and 52 east of the Lancaster, the county seat of Garrard County, and to the west of Berea.

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Paint Lick was considered one of the most modern schools the area in 1912 when the original four rooms were built to accommodate grades k-12 in the small town of Paint Lick, Kentucky.   The brick building soon became too small to accommodate students so over the years a few additions were added including a gymnasium that was built in two sections.  The school served the community of Paintlick until 1994 when a new school was built in town.

paintlick2The last graduating class of seniors from Paint Lick was 1963.  The high school grades were then sent to nearby Lancaster to a centralized high school.

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After the school closed in 1994  the building was used as an antique store / flea market for about 12 years.   In 2012 a private party bought the building and began transforming the building into studio and one bedroom apartments.

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