The Strand Theatre — Kingsport, Tennessee

Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee
The Strand Theatre was the first movie theater in Kingsport. Originally located on the corner of Main and Shelby Streets, the theater moved to 140 Broad Street (former home of Goodwin Furniture Company) in 1925. When the Strand first moved to Broad Street it was referred to as Nu Strand Theatre.
The Strand Theatre burned down on December 22, 1945, but was reopened in 1947.
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The Strand Theater officially closed October 23, 1982.

In 1989, the Restoration Church moved into the historic theater building.  A very informational article, including historical pictures of the theatre can be found by clicking HERE

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The State Theatre — Kingsport, Tennessee

The State Theater -- Kingsport, Tennessee The State Theatre in Kingsport, Tennessee was designed by architect Erle G. Stilwell and built in 1936. The State Theater -- Kingsport, Tennessee
The theater, located at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets has 700 seats and has both screen and stage capabilities.
The State Theater -- Kingsport, Tennessee By the mid 1950’s, the State Theatre was remodeled to accommodate more modern tastes and the Cinemascope format. The Mediterranean garden wall was removed, the murals painted over and a permanent screen erected. It was operated by the Wilbey-Kincey chain. The State Theater -- Kingsport, Tennessee
The State Theater -- Kingsport, Tennessee By 1976 the city of Kingsport had two indoor shopping mall, including the Terrace Theater that opened with the now demolished Kingsport Mall in 1971. Downtown began drying up as a commercial center as it once was and in 1978 the State Theatre showed its final feature film and closed. The State Theater -- Kingsport, Tennessee
In 2007, the State was purchased by DB3 Development Company, LLC. Prior to that it had been in use as a Christian movie house known as the All American Family Cinema in around 1990 to 1992, a dinner theatre, a nightclub, a gymnasium and had spent the last decade as a cheerleading school.

There were plans to renovate the theater and reopen it but as of this writing, the plans are stalled. In fact as I was taking the photos of this theater a guy from a business next door asked me if I wanted to buy a theater and fast track its remodel.

Shady Valley Elementary — Johnson County, Tennessee

Shady Valley School is one of the few WPA school buildings still being utilized that I have came across in my travels.
Shady Valley Elementary -- Shady Valley, Tennessee The building was built in 1936.   Shady Valley Elementary -- Shady Valley, Tennessee
Today the school still serves around 50 students.
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Flat Gap Elementary School — Hancock County, Tennessee

There isn’t a whole lot of information online about this school.

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Flat Gap Elementary School is located about 10 miles south of Sneedville at the intersection of Tennessee state route 31 and 131 in the community of Treadway, very close to the Grainger County line.

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My estimates are that the school opened in the 1950s and probably closed around 2001 when Hancock County closed the outlying schools in favor of one centralized elementary school in Sneedville.

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After the school was closed the facility was used as some sort of canning factory.  That factory has since closed and the school is now home to the Appalachian Service Project.

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As always if you have any information or stories about this school, please feel free to comment or message me and thanks for reading!

 

Hancock County Courthouse — Sneedville, Tennessee

The Hancock County Courthouse is located in the county seat of Sneedville. The Neoclassical courthouse was designed by Allen N. Dryden and built by the Emory Construction Company in 1931.

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Hancock County, Tennessee is located in the northeastern part of the state near the Virginia border.

Hancock County was created from parts of Hawkins and Claiborne counties. The act establishing the county was passed by the state legislature in 1844, but several Hawkins residents sued to block its creation. In 1848, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of the new county. The county seat, Sneedville, was named in honor of attorney William H. Sneed, who represented the county in the court case. The county was named for Revolutionary War patriot John HancockHancockCounty

Hancock County covers a rugged part of the state over 222 square miles and is home to 6,657 people making it the fourth smallest county population wise and one of the smallest area wise as well.

The Hancock County Courthouse is located in the county seat of Sneedville.  The Neoclassical courthouse was  designed by Allen N. Dryden and built by the Emory Construction Company in 1931.

Old Hancock County Ambulance Service Building –Sneedville, Tennessee

When I was planning my little trip down to explore around this part of Tennessee I had looked at Google Maps and topophography maps and found this building.  At first I thought I had stumbled upon a former school building.

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This building is located on the southside of Sneedville on Main Street, also known as state route 33.

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Im still not entirely convinced….however, I am apt to believe that this building once served as the Hancock County Hospital prior to the new Welmont hospital that opened in Sneedville in 2005.

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More recently this building served as the headquarters of the Hancock County Ambulance Service.  That organization has sense moved to a more modern facility nearer to the new hospital.

As you can see access to the building is readily available and the back side of the building is not secure.

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And sadly the building has fallen prey to vandalism and just general deterioration over time.

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Its almost as if this place just closed up one day and no one came back the next and just decided to leave everything behind.

As usual if you have any information to add about the history of this building please comment or message & thanks for reading.

Zion M.E Church — Baileyton, Tennessee

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.