TAYLOR MOUNTAIN SCHOOL - NEAR GOODWILL, WV

TAYLOR SCHOOL

Taylor School was a one-room school for grades one to six.  It was located on top of Taylor Mountain in a community that was once called Taylorsville. It was about two miles from Goodwill, and about three miles from Thornhill. The school was built in 1928 on land donated by Mack Taylor, and constructed by carpenters Blondin Bailey and Jack Lucado.

Some of the teachers at Taylor School were:  Viola Cook of Goodwill, Mr. Chewning, Mr. Smith, Bill Martin, and a Mr. Altizer who also owned theLonesome Pine Motel in Bluefield.

Cordie Epperson Taylor was a student there, and gave a good description of the school. "When you open the front door you enter a hall.  On both sides of the hall were small rooms with doors that acted as libraries.  All of the schoolbooks were stored in it.  One of the rooms also had a bucket of water and a dipper, and every student in the school had a cup with their name on it.  At the end of the hall was another door.  It opened into the big classroom.  All of the student's chairs faced the door.  The Chalkboards were on both sides of the students. The teacher's desk was beside the front door. To the left of the door was a big potbelly stove that heated the school. The back of the room was lined with windows that gave light to the school.  Pictures on the wall were of George Washington, Pinky and Blue Boy, and seasonal pictures. The piano was beside the teacher's desk on the opposite side from the stove.  The girls outside toilet was behind the school, and the boys toilet was to the left of the school.  The coalhouse was to the right of the school.  Games that they played included baseball, but they had to use a tree branch for the bat, and a balled up sock for the ball."

Taylor School remained open until June 1965.  Then students were bussed to Montcalm and Bramwell.

Photograph and text furnished by Ken Bowen, Bluewell, WV.

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