George Parrish Had “Special Needs” at the Ransom School

June 8, 2021 Greg Tucker The late C. B. Arnette (1918-2010), local author and historian, and an alumnus of the Ransom School, wrote a memorial for his friend and schoolmate George Walter Parrish. The writing, reproduced here, gives some interesting insight as to the School and the building which now…

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Christiana High School Composite Pics

May 15, 2021, Volunteer Frank Caperton Wow – what a morning at the Ransom School House. One of our volunteers opened the grand old lady (Ransom School House) to find these wonderful gifts leaned against our front door!!!

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Cemetery School (Black), 1874-1962

CEMETERY SCHOOL BLACK 1874-1962 was on the southwest side of the old Nashville Highway and just northwest of Asbury Road. It was behind the Stones River Methodist Church. The site of the church is shown on the 1878 Beers Map. On February 9, 1874, Mrs. Eliza Burrus deeded one acre…

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“Unconstitutional” 231 School Had Short History

Frow Chips, March/April, 2021, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian In 1962, eight years after the U. S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregated education was unconstitutional, the Rutherford County school system opened a new segregated school facility on U. S. Highway 231 South. The all black faculty taught black students…

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Cross Lanes School (Christiana) 1868-1908

CROSS LANES SCHOOL, sometimes called CROSS ROADS and KATY’S ACADEMY f 1. 1868-1908, was located about four miles southeast of Christiana on the south side of Wayside Road at its intersection with Woodfin and Sledge Roads. Judge Tillman Davis Johnson wrote in his “Memoirs”: “During that same period I went…

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Big Springs School, 1918-1941

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1918-1941 was built on the site of the former school. In 1918 there was a dire need for a new school. Will Newman was the teacher and his father owned the sawmill nearby. After the people of the community had brought their logs to be sawed, the…

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Big Spring School, 1881-1899

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1881-1898 or 1899 was an upper school about one mile east of Big Spring on the south side of Big Spring Road and west of the Baptist church. On August 22, 1881, W. D. Mankin signed a deed for a school to School Commissioners W. B. Mankin,…

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