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
School consolidation has become a common practice in the hills of appalachia. Populations decline, revenue sources dry up and school divisions and districts are forced to close aging schools. This past June, Haysi (pronounced HAY-SIGH) High School became the latest victim to school consolidation in the region after 87 years of serving the northern end of Dickenson County.
Located high on a hill behind the town of Haysi just off of Virginia state route 83 the school was closed for good in June of 2015. Dickenson County voted to consolidate Haysi, Ervinton and Clintwood High School into one central high school all the way back in October of 2010.
Haysi High School was a 8-12 facility and the last reported enrollment figure that I can find is 264 students as of 2012. That number had to be higher at closing because in 2013 the Dickenson County Board of Education voted to close Ervinton High School early and combine those students with Haysi Students, so I am thinking it was closer to the 400 mark when the school closed in June of 2015.
The new school, Ridgeview which combined students from Haysi (&Ervinton) with Clintwood opened up State route 83 between Clinchco and Clintwood closer to the center of the county.
I suppose these guys were the guard birds watching over the building.
Hopefully the town or county can obtain this building and recruit some industry or some useful municipal services for the citizens so the building can be of use for many years to come.
Trammel, Virginia, was a coal mining town that was built by the Virginia Banner Coal Corporation in 1917. The last spike of the Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railway, which was completed in 1915, had been driven near here. Trammel is located in southern Dickenson County along state route 63 just north of Dante. Trammel is one of the most intact coal mining towns remaining in Southwest Virginia and the most intact remaining in Dickenson County.
In the 1970s the company that owned Trammel went out of business and became an estate. In 1985 the town was auctioned off piece by piece. Luckily most of the residents were able to buy their own homes.
As you can see there isnt a whole lot left in Trammel. Many of the houses are dilapidated and abandoned. The Post Office at Trammel opened on October 8, 1919, and closed on November 16, 2002. the zipcode was 24289
One thing that does remain is the shell of the old Company Store. The Virginia Banner Coal Company Store to be exact.
As you can tell this building has been abandoned for many years.
This little country church is located off of Virginia state route 63 in McClure, Virginia in Dickenson County.