Fairview School — Scott County, Virginia

Old Fairview School -- Scott County, Virginia The Fairview school is located in Scott County, Virginia about 9 miles south of Duffield on Fairview Road, (VA Route 623). Old Fairview School -- Scott County, Virginia
This school was constructed in 1953 and served students K-12 at that time. The school was closed at the end of the 1989-90 school year.
Fairview School -- Scott County, VA Luckily the school board returned the building to the county government and the building has been in use as a community center and also serves as an outpost for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. Old Fairview School -- Scott County, Virginia

Fairview School -- Scott County, VA

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Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Wytheville is the countyseat of Wythe County Virginia, the self proclaimed crossroads of Southwest Virginia.
US Post Office -- Wytheville, VIrginia
Wytheville is located near the intersection of Interstates 77 and 81. The town and county was named for George Wythe, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and Mentor of Thomas Jefferson. The town is also home to Edith Bolling Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson.

Austinville School — Wythe County, Virginia

One of my favorite things to kill time doing is to get on google earth and “drive” around off the beaten path.  I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for a little bit and grew attached to the area so I travel between Harlan and Greensboro several times a year.  A couple of months ago I was “driving” on google earth just south of Fort Chiswell, Virginia in Wythe County and discovered the long closed and abandoned Austinville School in Austinville.  Ill have more on the fascinating history of the community of Austinville and its connections to our ancsestors right here in Harlan County and all of Kentucky tomorrow.  For now, enjoy the pictures and as always feedback is welcome!
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia

The school was constructed in the early 1950s.  One source lists the correct date as 1952 and another lists and 1953.  The school sits near the intersection of state route 619 and 636 just south of the New River.
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia The school closed in 2001 when declining enrollment forced the Wythe County School Board to combine Austinville students with nearby Jackson Memorial Elementary students. Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia

Old Long Hollow School — Lee County, Virginia

I thought that I had explored every nook and cranny in Lee County.  That is until several weeks ago when I ran across this beauty completely by accident.
Old Long Hollow School A friend of mine who lives in the general area where the school is located has told me that her father attended school there.  I havent been able to pinpoint an exact opening or closing date as of yet.  If you have any information about this school please comment below.  Enjoy. Old Long Hollow School -- Lee County, Virginia

Old Long Hollow School -- Lee County, Virginia

Mount Rogers Combined School — Grayson County, Virginia

Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Mount Rogers combined school was located along US 58 near Whitetop, Virginia in Western Grayson County. The original part of the building was constructed in the 1930s. Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
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The building served grades K-12 and at the time of its closing was one of only 2 k-12 facilities left in the state.
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia In the early 1950s the school recieved a major addition including a gymnasium and lunchroom.

Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia

The playground equipment remains on site and appears to be regularly used, probably by neighborhood children.
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
The schools closing and consolidation was met with resistance of locals in the area worried about longer bus rides for children across curvy winding mountain roads.   Finally on August 10, 2010, Grayson Highlands School opened, leaving Mt Rogers Combined School closed and a part of Grayson County’s past.

Old Clinchco Post Office — Dickenson County, Virginia

Back at the height of the coal boom in the early part of the 20th century Clinchco had approximately 3500 miners in the town alone.

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This is the only coal company building still remaining in Clinchco and at one time or another housed a bank, barber shop, company offices, printing press, school rooms, mortuary, and post office.

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Today, Clincho is a shell of its former self.  The school has closed but the post office remains in operation at a different location.

Dante Coal and Railroad Museum — Russell County, Virginia

The bank was built in 1919, and closed on March 27, 1931, a victim of the Great Depression.

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The Dante Coal and Railroad Museum is located in the community of Dante in western Russell County.  The museum occupies the former Dante Branch of the Dickenson County Bank.

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The bank was built in 1919, and closed on March 27, 1931, a victim of the Great Depression.

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The following is an excerpt from the website Dantelevision:  A website dedicated to preservation efforts in the Dante community.

“It was in rough shape when we inherited it, but we saw possibilities!”
The Dante Branch of the Dickenson County Bank
This photo was taken about 1930. Lee Long and W.D.Tyler were members of the board of directors. The bank closed on March 27, 1931. Did you notice the railroad crossing and tracks directly in front of the building? The original photo was courtesy of Eugene Addington and may be found in the book, “Memories From Dante, The Life of a CoalTown.”

The citizens of Dante and West Dante formed Dante Lives On in late 2003 as a response to a wonderful opportunity: the chance to own a building in the former company town and to create an asset that will preserve the heritage of our community and educate the region. As soon as Dante Lives On was granted non-profit status, Dickenson-Russell Coal Company, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, donated the former bank building, built in 1919. The Dante branch of the Dickenson-Russell Bank went “bust” in 1931. It reopened as the Beer Garden restaurant in the 1940s, was later turned into a teen center, and finally became the Clinchfield Coal Company repair shop. It was in rough shape when we inherited it, but we saw possibilities!

 

Volunteers pitched in to remove debris from the old building in the spring and summer of 2004 and made plans for its rebirth as a museum to showcase the pictures, stories, and artifacts of coal mining and railroad life and work.

 

The Dante community put plenty of “sweat equity” into the making of the museum.
Inside, the walls were repaired, windows replaced, new lighting installed and the original tile flooring was brought back to life. Antique display cases were added. Outside, the furnace room wasn’t used and was an eyesore, so it was taken down which made way for restrooms and handicap access to be added to the building. The museum was coming together! Next were the grounds… new landscaping, flowers and shrubs were added as well as a grassy area with picnic tables.
By the time the 2007 Dante Reunion Festival rolled around, the museum was ready for business. Volunteers had created exhibits, filled the displays and worked hard to make this little museum a gem in the Southwest Virginia Appalachians. Which continues to be a cornerstone of Dante’s revitalization.
Partners in the Renovation
Grants were obtained from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and the Morgan Foundation to hire contractors to perform major renovations, such as new wiring, new plumbing, a bathroom addition, a new roof, a new heating and cooling system, and a handicapped-accessible entrance. Rural Development gave a grant to outfit the museum with display equipment.
There’s plenty to see at the museum and it is a great place for a “field trip.”
Our first tour group arrived in March of 2007 when Ms. Thompson’s second grade class from Coeburn Elementary School visited. The Museum exhibits were not complete yet, but there was plenty to see. They were greeted by board members and Frank Gullett and Johnny Wallace, who told them about life in the coal mines and on the railroad. The children enjoyed trying on mining gear! 
It’s not just exhibits… it is fellowship, stewardship, and Community!
A lot goes on in Dante; both in and outside of the museum. Be sure to stay up to date by checking our home page regularly. For questions and comments, or to be included in our mailing/emailing lists, contact the museum at 276-495-1903