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The DaVault Tavern, old stagecoachstop stop
Harmony School was built in 1939 and had only four rooms.
Hales Chapel Church and Cemetery, Gray
Glendale School, near Limestone
The Byrd Brown House is located in the Lamar community. The home was built in 1839. Byrd Brown was the grandson of Jacob Brown, Sr., one of the earliest settlers on the Nolichucky River.
Douglas Shed Church, near Gray
Kincheloe Mill, Harmony Community
Edward West house, located near the Nolichucky River.
Jackson School off A. A. Deakins Road, near Bethany Church, Gray. The school was closed in 1933 due to declining enrollment.
Thanks to Jennifer Moore for this photograph of Washington College Academy, 2021. Founded in 1780, this is the oldest school in Washington County.
Farmland in the Washington College area of the county
Fall Branch Falls–property owners no longer allow access to the seventy-five feet waterfall. The Morgan family had a mill at the top of the falls.
Dungan house, near the St. John Milling Company
Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren
Knob Creek Church of the Brethren
Berea School, located at the corner of Brethren Church Road and Shadden Road
Fairview United Methodist Church and Cemetery, near Jonesborough
Douglas Shed School, near Gray was in operation by the mid 1870’s. It was later known as Evening Star School and was closed in 1932. (building no longer on the site)
Doors on an old store in Fall Branch.
St. John Milling Company, Watauga Road.
The Johnson Lodge, No. 274, F. & A.M. was organized in 1858. This building was completed in 1869 and the Lodge is still active.
Thanks to Callie Ruble for sending this photo of the Adam Alexander Broyles home, located in the Broylesville Community. Most likely built in the 1840’s, it has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fall Branch Elementary School
Harmony Grocery was built in 1909 by J. H. Cox and Monroe Fulkerson for 50 cents a day wages.
The Girls Dormitory at Washington College Academy was built in 1842, remodeled in 1962 and is now known as Harris Hall.
Buffalo Ridge Church, built in 1778 was the first Baptist Church in Tennessee and stood on this site. The first pastor was Tidence Lane who organized the church.
Gillespie Stone House, Limestone
Fall Branch United Methodist Church
Fall Branch Baptist Church (congregation moved to a new building)
Mitchell Springs School in the Harmony Community was in operation from 1894 – 1939.
Nolichucky River, photo taken from the Jackson Bridge.
Washington County Poor Farm Building (no longer in use)
New Salem Baptist Church
THEN AND NOW
On the left, the Squibb’s Jubilee Farms around 1945. Corby Ward lived in the house at the time. We found the photo in our files, as exhibits in a case, probably an auto accident. The photo on the right is the same area and the scene is largely unchanged!
The photos above show the Fall Branch Falls, located between US-93 and the Old Horton Highway (also called Baileyton Road) in Fall Branch. The Morgan Mill was built by Gabriel Morgan in the early 1800’s and was in operation for over a hundred years. It was torn down in the 1940’s. The photo on the right shows the falls in 2008.
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