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.
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.
Hillsville High School was located in Hillsville, Virginia (Carroll County). the school was originally constructed in the early 1920s and was a high school until Carroll County High School opened in 1969.
The building now serves as Carroll County Middle School.
The Millwald Theater was constructed and opened in 1928 on Main Street in Wytheville, Virginia.
The theater was built with a seating capacity of 424. Later it was converted into three screens, by dividing the balcony. The theatre closed as a movie theatre in 2006, just about the time that a new 8 screen Marquee Theater was built out near the interstate and a new shopping center. The building is now home to a church.
Seeing as how I have spent the past eight years working in the Lee County School System and my weird fascination with old schools and former schools, you would think that I would know more about the history of this school that closed in 2012. But, alas I have come to realize that my knowledge of this school is pretty limited to the end of its existence.
Located high on a hill along-side old US 58 in Ewing is the former Ewing Elementary School. Ewing is one of the western-most settlements in the state of Virginia, almost at the Cumberland Gap.
I’m assuming, that like many of the other elementary schools in Lee County this building was constructed in the 1950s. The building design is a bit of a shift from the other schools in the district constructed in that era. Could be in part due to its location on the hill.
Back in 2012 Lee County was faced with some severe cuts in federal and state funding. The idea of consolidation was thrown around for a few months. It was kind of a shock to me when they announced on July 17th that the board voted to close Ewing instead of nearby Elydale. Ewing had 185 students vs Elydale’s much smaller enrollment of around 100. However, this was later explained by a board member that Ewing was closed instead of Elydale because the building was in need of repairs and was in worse shape than Elydale.
Only July 17th 2012, the Lee County Board Of Education voted to close Ewing along with Stickleyville and Keokee Elementary Schools. Ewing’s 185 students were divided among Rose Hill and Elydale.
This blog is usually filled with abandoned or old schools and/or post offices, but another one of my hobbies and joys is getting out and photographing and researching the history of old theaters like this one and drive ins.
Ewing is located in what is locally known as “The Lower End” or the western end of Lee County near Cumberland Gap. In fact, Ewing is one of the western-most settlements in the state of Virginia.
I’m not entirely sure when this theater….or theatre opened or closed. My guess would be that it was constructed in the 1950s and probably closed in the 1980s.
On Cinematreasures.org someone had posted links to news paper clippins showing show times for shows all the way up to 1979 when the movie “Superman” was playing.
Children under 5 were admitted free at that time. What a concept right?
Today the building stands in a state of disrepair and is basically a hulled out shell of its self. I would love to find pictures of this place in its heyday.
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