On a brisk, gray day, I set out to traverse the less-traveled paths of north-central West Virginia, a journey through time and history.
West Virginia may be regarded as a state centered around the coal industry, but it was the oil and gas industry that provided the state’s first economic boom and drove the development of the north-central part of the state.
A late autumn trip to West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley isn’t complete without a visit to a few abandoned or forgotten…
When my friend Ben motioned that he wanted to explore West Virginia and visit some of the places made famous…
The mountains and hollers of West Virginia are dotted with the remnants of communities past, reminders of earlier times when…
Obscured by heavy foliage in McDowell County, West Virginia is a long-abandoned vocational and technical school.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, West Virginia had thousands of schools that were gradually closed through consolidations. The isolated Prosperity School atop Great Flat Top Mountain remained open far longer than others.
It’s been a long ten years since we had a white Christmas down in northeast Kentucky. I took advantage of the serenity and beauty to stop at Limeville.
Tull’s Hill, located along the Lincoln Highway six miles west of Bedford, Pennsylvania, and features a four-room school that later became a gift shop.
A building at the long-closed Frenchburg Presbyterian School burned to the ground around 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 15.
There are times when I revisit an old friend and discover something new, such as the case of the long-abandoned Jefferson School in Wheeling, West Virginia. I had not discovered much about the historic structure other than coming upon its demolition in 2013.
Several years ago, I embarked on a winding trip through the Winding Gulf coalfield of West Virginia, to explore and discover the history of this once-bustling part of the nation. The Winding Gulf coalfield rapidly developed in the early 20th century with the advent of deep underground mines that required thousands of miners—and their families.
Exploring a temple, observatory, and factory on the road towards Cleveland, Ohio was a good way to cap off a trip to the Rust Belt.
From the window of my hotel room in Beckley, I could see the leaves billowing down the street among a fine rain punctuated by dark, gloomy skies. It was perfect road trip weather,
Back when it wasn’t in the coldest days of the winter, I walked around the former Sue Bennett College in London, Kentucky. The college, in operation between 1897 through 1997, was affiliated with the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, the national organization of the United Methodist Church. It began as an elementary school before becoming a two-year college.
Susan Orlean, of the New Yorker, once said that living in a rural region exposes the body and mind to marvelous…
A photographic essay of the former Frenchburg Presbyterian College in Frenchburg, Kentucky.
St. John Berchmans Catholic Church and Servite Catholic High School is located on the east side of Detroit and operated as a combination church and school.
Windsor School is located in the Walnut Hills neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio and was constructed in 1888. It closed in 2004 after years of decline.
Constructed in 1888 with an addition of a gymnasium in 1918, the Windsor School was located in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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