This little schoolhouse was built in 1882, and was used as a school until 1936. When the community requested a teacher, the county said that if they built a school, they would pay the salary. Church services also took place in the schoolhouse; they also had a cemetery across the street.
The desks and chalkboards that are on the walls are the same ones that were there when the school closed in the 1930's. The school housed students in grades 1-8.
From mid-September until late October, anyone can visit the schoolhouse and get a taste of what it was like to go to school back then. The Park Service has a program for 3rd grade classes to go on field trips. while there, they will participate in activities such as a "Spellin' Bee" and Schoolyard Games. I have a faint memory of doing both of those things as a young girl.
If you're visiting the Great Smoky National Park and are looking for something "off the beaten path", this would definitely fit the bill!
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