First and foremost before I begin this entry I want to give credit and thanks to the Martins Fork Lake Facebook page for sharing these photos. Ever since I was small I have always wondered what the land looked like before the lake was built at Smith. So, with great gratitude I thank the folks who control the lake’s social media page for having the thoughtfulness and courtesy to share these wonderful archives with us.
Im starting off the photos with what I consider to be the holy grail of the bunch. This photo is looking toward the bridge nearest the beach. Imagine that little road running up and down the middle is the road along the beach area. If you look closely you can see the roof of the old Smith School and the rock church near the center. Im shocked at how flat this area was.
This second picture is looking off toward the lake from the last bridge. In fact, to this day, if the water is down far enough you can still tell where this bridge was that is in the picture.
The rest of the photos are pretty self explanatory, but fascinating no doubt.
The last picture is an old welcome sign that was at the lake until the 1980s according to the lake’s Facbook page.
I also have a couple of other entries that includes more historical pictures from Martins Fork Lake and the Smith community that I posted a few years ago, if you are interested in reading those articles you can do so by clicking the links below:
Smith Kentucky; A Glimpse To The Past, Present and Futrue
Smith Presbyterian Church
The Rockingham County Museum and Archives building is located in the former Rockingham County Courthouse that was originally built in 1907. The building is situated in the town of Wentworth along state route 65 about 7 miles west of Reidsville.
On October 2, 1906 a terrific fire destroyed the old courthouse and a new one, the one pictured below was designed by famed architect Frank Pierce Milburn and constructed at a cost of $25,000.
The new courthouse was composed almost entirely of bricks and had two beautiful rounded pillars
It was at this courthouse in August 1932 that Broadway torch singer Libby Holman posted bond when she was charged (later acquitted) with the alleged murder of her husband, tobacco heir Z. Smith Reynolds of Winston-Salem.
The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places May 10, 1979.
In 2011 a new Courthouse was opened in Rockingham County. This building now serves as the Rockingham County Historical Museum and Archives.
The Baileyton Community met about 1830 and built a log cabin on the south side of Snapp Ferry Road (now Horton Hwy).south and west of the present brick church. The people met in it until 1858 when the present church was built.
The first settlers near Laurel Gap, now Baileyton, settled on the rich bottom land near Lick Creek.
John Westley and George Whitfield as well as other noted speakers passed through this area occasionally and preached. The people strongly desired an established place to worship. The Baileyton Community met about 1830 and built a log cabin on the south side of Snapp Ferry Road (now Horton Hwy).south and west of the present brick church. The people met in it until 1858 when the present church was built.
In Jan. 1860 Thomas Bailey deeded the land for the Zion ME church to the Trustees. In 1972 Sunday school rooms were added to the Zion Church.
The fact that this building has stood for over 150 years is astonishing to me. Just imagine all of the lives touched by this building. The people who have walked through the doors to worship. Its amazing and this building really is a treasure for the people of Greene County.
I’ve noticed this old church for many years its just to the west of Jonesville on 58 off in a little holler that really makes you envision Icabod Crane could have actually galloped around that twisty road Once upon a time. Scenes like this setting is what inspires writers to create engaging stories. There is beauty all around us. It doesnt have to be something fancy and flashy. This church has relocated long ago and now serves as the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society Museum.
The Museum is located about 4 miles west of Jonesville just off of US 58 on Old Friendship Road.