To think that this building is 99 years old and until 2013 it was in use as a public school. The school division definitely got some bang with their buck when they constructed this building! Elk Garden Elementary was located just off US 19 between the town of Lebanon and US 58 in Russell County, Virginia. The school is the oldest school building in Russell County and was built in 1916. It provided the first school lunch program in the county.
A covered wagon drawn by a horse furnished by Governor Stuart and driven by one of the students was the first school bus in the county. Elk Garden served as a Junior High School from 1917 to 1927. In 1957, the all-purpose room was constructed to serve as a cafeteria, auditorium, and physical education facility.
Elk Garden was closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year. The school served around 100 students in grades 3-6 in a total of 6 classrooms at the time of closing.
A news article posted by WCYB the NBC affiliate serving the area concerning the schools closing can be found here: WCYB: Two Schools In Russell County Virginia Set To Close