Wayland High School — Floyd County, Kentucky

IMG_5491 Wayland High School was the home of the Wasps and in operation from 1941 until the spring of 1972. The school was then closed and the last graduating class left and the high school was merged with Garrett, Martin and Maytown High School to form Allen Central High School, a school that is now faced with school consolidation with neighboring South Floyd High School.  I’ll have More on those schools later on. IMG_5494
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky After Wayland High School was closed, this building served as Wayland Grade School from 1973 until 1990 when the building was closed for good. Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
This school once had an additional building on that sat where the store thats been built in front of the original building is now. That additional building must have housed the elementary school and was apparently demolished in the 90s after the elementary school at Wayland closed. That building can be seen by clicking HERE.
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky An interesting piece of trivia about Wayland High School: This school was home to the first Kentucky Mr. Basketball, Kelly Coleman, all the way back in 1956. Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky

The Wayland Gymnasium still sits in the parking lot of the main school building.
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Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Inside the main school building is in rough shape and you can tell no upkeep has been performed  in many years.
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Most of the windows are busted out,
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the doors are unsecure and the ceilings are beginning to give way.
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Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky

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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Maury High School — Dandridge, Tennessee

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Maury High School was located in the town of Dandridge, Tennessee in Jefferson County.

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The school was constructed in 1929.  Maury High School remained in operation until 1975 when Jefferson County consolidated their high schools to form Jefferson County High School.

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The school remained in use as a school until 1985 when a new elementary school was built to serve the Dandridge area.

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Once the school closed the building was used for storage until 1995 when the school was closed to a private owner.

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As recently as 2011 a push was made to restore the old school.  A link referencing those efforts can be found by clicking HERE.

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Former Winfield Elementary School — Scott County, Tennessee

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On May 17, 2004 ground broke on a new elementarty school in the Winfield Community of Scott County, Tennessee.    This new school would replace the 60 year old facilty in the following pictures.   Enjoy.

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As you can see the grounds are well maintained and secure by the current occupant, some sort of faith based outreach program.

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Im guessing that at some point probably in the 1990s this building received the new roof and the large glass windows common in buildings constructed in the 1950s were removed.

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Beaverdam School — Haywood County, North Carolina

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When I started planning my trip to Charlotte and Greensboro a few weeks ago, naturally I started searching for abandoned or closed school buildings.  I was successful in finding a few.  My favorite of them all has to be the old Beaverdam School located in Canton, North Carolina.

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The building was built in the early 1930s during the WPA era.

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I found a couple of sources that list the closing date as 1985, but that cant be confirmed for sure.  Judging by the condition of the building I would say that is a good estimate though.

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It appears that the school probably recieved a substantial addition in probably the 1950s along the west side of the building.

As always, if any of my readers have any information or stories about the Beaverdam School in Canton, North Carolina, feel free to message me or comment!

Pre Winter Road Trip: Day 4

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Hornaday Road at Gilford College Road in Greensboro, North Carolina

Many of you know that I use to live in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Most dont know this ironic fact about that move though….when I moved there I rented an apartment on West Market Street…which happens to be US 421.  US 421 happens to be one of the two main roads through my home town of Harlan.  It was very weird to me that I could move almost 300 miles away and still be on the same road.

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Interstate 40/US421 at Greensboro, North Carolina

Today, I done something I had wanted to do since 2007 when I first moved to that area, I drove US 421 the entire way from Greensboro back to Harlan and saw some interesting things along the way that I cant wait to share over the coming weeks on the blog.  For now, here is a little preview:

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The Liberty Theater in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

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Old service station in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

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an old WPA school I found in Mountain City, Tennessee.  dont know much about this one yet, but I will definitely be researching it.  The building is now apparently some sort of community center.

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Shady Valley Elementary School in Johnson County.  This building was completed in 1936.

and last, but certainly not least, my Harris Teeter store brands I stocked up on in North Carolina before coming home.  I miss Harris Teeter so much.

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