This Kmart was located in the Claypool Hill mall in Cedar Bluff, Virginia. The Mall is co-anchored by Belk and previously Goody’s.
The Kmart was opened on March 18, 1982.
On January 15, 2016 it was announced that the Kmart at Claypool Hill Mall would be closing in April.
After the Cedar Bluff Kmart closed only two Kmart stores remaim in all of Southwest Virginia, those being located in Abingdon and Wytheville. Wytheville is scheduled to close by the end of the year.
Back in 2008 when I was first getting into photography and especially abandoned photography I came across an old school sitting on a hill in Cedar Bluff Virginia in Tazewell County.
When I first started this project of documenting all of these historic schools of the past, this school was one of the inspirations for it. Just the architectural details that were incorporated into this building screamed historic and I just knew it had an amazing story.
I was back in Cedar Bluff in 2011 and drove back by to check and see if the old school was still standing, and sure enough, it was.
The brick structure was a four room school built in 1906. It was orginially referred to as Cedar Bluff High School. Later it housed elementary students.
The building is also referred to as College Hill School on several online sources. Im guessing that might have, at some point referred to the name of the school when it was used for elementary grades.
The school building as well as the structures and neighborhood surrounding it are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Old Kentucky Turnpike Historic District.
Via wikipedia that district is described as:
Old Kentucky Turnpike Historic District is a national historic district located at Cedar Bluff, Tazewell County, Virginia. The district encompasses 35 contributing buildings, 3 contributing sites, and 3 contributing structures along Indian Creek Road and Indian Creek. They date from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Notable resources include the concrete bridge, steel railroad trestle, Cecil-Watkins House, Ratliff House, Cedar Bluff Presbyterian Church (c. 1930), the boyhood home of Governor George C. Peery (1873–1952), Thomas Cubine House (c. 1887), Gillespie House (c. 1892), the Old Cedar Bluff High School, Cedar Bluff High School (1906), and the Old Cedar Bluff Town Hall. Also located in the district is the separately listed Clinch Valley Roller Mills.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
But the cool information about this school isnt over yet. I have one more goodie to share!
While digging around the internet for information on this school building that is now 109 years old, I found a youtube video of a drone flight some guy took around the old building. You can really see a lot of the old fancy detailing of the building in this video and it is a great documentation of this Gothic style building. You can see that video here: College Hill School Youtube Video