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It is claimed that the first free SCHOOL in Georgia was located in Tallapoosa, GA.
At one time, schools were established in neighborhoods provided sufficient enrollment was available. These were mostly one room schools and were often taught by young people in the community. These schools were located within walking distance for the students since there were no 'buses' as we know them today.
The population was not as mobile as it is today. The people were born and raised in a community, went to school together in the community, worshiped in the community and in one of the pictures, I can identify five couples that married and themselves raised a family in the same community.
Over the years schools have been consolidated, new schools built and the older schools torn down. We would like to build a data base of these old schools and include names of students attending the schools. If you have a picture, or information on any schools in Haralson County that no longer exist, please contact
|Berner School, ca 1905||
|Buncombe School, 1932
Mentions Q P King, Hollis Lowery, Howard Lowery, B D Hutcheson, Jason Elliot, Ronald (Buddy) Bates, Walter Balenger, George B Wright, Fredia Self, Dorothy Horsley, Mary H Bennett, Ennis Bradley, Florence Bradley, Vivian Warmack, Doris Clay, Letha Bates, Genevie Robinson, Kenneth Pritchett, Carlton Johnson, Conal Barrow, Cranford Mar--, Eugene Waldrop, Albert Wilson, Glynn Clackum, D E Phillips, Blance Robinson, Laster Smith, Lilliam Bennett, Gladys Wright, Hershel Ballenger, --- Edwards, Sybil Edwards, Eunice Long teacher, Faye Hunt, Arnold King, --- Edwards, Nell Robertson, Evelyn Smith
|Corinth School, 1908
Mentions Ernest lee Head
|Draketown Baptist Institute, 1909|
J T Latham Principal,
20 August 1901
Fairmont School 1909
At Piney Woods Primitive Church
|Liberty Hill School,
Aubrey Barrett, teacher.
First Row: Boyce Warren, Leonard Brock, Luther Warren, Berlin Thompson, Una Thompson, Alma Warren, Willie Warren, Jewell Kenerly, Nelah & Jewell Moore, Emma & Leona Pierce, Alma Moon, Winnie Rainwater.
Second Row: Charlis Hollis, Lyman McKibben, Charlie Smith, Wayne Rainwater, Dewey Brown, Joe Adams, Lydia Brown, Alice Brock, Alice Moon, Margaret Warren, Mae Warren, Dussie Willingham, Sallie Hollis, Velma and Alma Robinson.
Third Row: Oren Warren, Archie Smith, marion Warren, Gus McKibben, Odus Brown, Aubrey Hollis, Minnie Lee Young, Viola Smith, Bertha Warren, Mae McKibbenm, Ollie Warren, Annie Warren, Johnny Rainwater;
Fourth Row:Jessie, Joe, Noah, Albert & Robert Warren, Bodie Kent, Otis McKibben, Donnie Lee, Ola Young, Hattie Hollis, Annie Brown, Lee Warren, Beulah Robinson, Dane Rainwater.
Liberty Hill School 1916
(donated by Roby Barrow
whose great uncle Lee Otis Barrow was the teacher in the 1916 class)
|Pleasant Grove School 1907||
|Pleasant Grove School 1910||
|Pleasant Hill School (located on Jacksonville Rd near the AL line in the Pleasant Hill West community. Photo was taken about 1925, submitted by Geraldine Crowe.||
Teacher: Bertha Smith, Mary Speight,
Merle Allen, Ray Shealy, Walter Allen, Myrtle Coffee, Eva McAlpin,
Poplar Springs School, 1901
Contributed by Gary Bailey. Mentions Belle Newman, Eva Mize, Jena Robertson, Lizzie Murdock, Ida Kadle, Vassie Fincher, Henry Latham, Arthur Murdock, Charlie Murdock, Walter Kadle, Ollie Murdock, Robert McGinnis, John Owens, Villa Waldrop, Henry Pope, Grover Robertson, Julius Mize, Lee Kadle, Willie Kadle, Cora Goggans, Edna Lamunyon, Berta Mize, Ethel Goggans, Addie May Newman, Ezzie Owens, Bertha Newman, Willie Robertson, Elza Newman, Clyde Pope, Taz Latham, Graham McGinnis, RObert Waldrop, Eula and Sallie Pope, Claude McGinnis, Addie Belle McGinnis, Buran and herschel Mize, Wadus Kadle, Albert Lamunyon, Jesse Chandler, Lenton Pope, Charlie Lamunyon.
More info here
Tallapoosa Public School,
ca 1915. Burned ca 1928
Photo Courtesy of Vanishing Georgia Collection, Georgia Division of Archives and History.
|Tallapoosa High School ca 1915 more info here||
|Union School, 1914,
Rodric M. Phillips has submitted this photograph of a school. The name "Union 1914" is written on the picture. We have not been able to identify this definitely as a Haralson County School. His Mother Myrtle Pauline Carroll is 7th from the left in the 2nd row. She was born in 1905 and appears to be 8 or 9 in this photo.
If you can identify this photograph, and especially identify any of the people please advise me
|Wesley Chapel School, ca
Wesley Chapel School was located on Jacksonville Rd. (Now Hwy 120) west of Buchanan. The school was closed in the 1940s. The picture was taken around 1939-1940. Photographer unknown.
Fincher, girl, Virginia Lyle, Catherine McFall, Willene White, girl,
John Verner, Edward Barger,
|Wildcat School, ca 1910
Picture donated by C. Carter
Believe to be Wildcat
School circa 1910.
|Wildcat School 1912
Picture courtesy of The Tallapoosa Journal, Published June 28, 1972 in the Journal-Beacon. Mrs. Dovie Price contributed the picture to the Journal in 1972.
Wildcat School 1912,
Miss Georgia Waldrep, Teacher. Seated in front: Irvin McAdams and
2nd Row: James McAdams, Newman Vernon, Charlie Cauthen, Julius Cauthen, Ulys Wood, Roland Murdock, Jim Cauthen, Beulah Sanders, Rosa Murdock Berry, Eula Wood Stone, Annie Lyle Robertson, Arvella Cauthen McGinnis, Dovie Newman Price:
3rd row: Leonard Cauthen, Memphis Sanders, Jesse Murdock, Walter Cauthen, Claude Cauthen, Jesse Cauthen, Edna Cauthen Lane, Sudie Cauthen Pope, Susie Waldrep, Lennie Murdock Gentry, Dessie McAdams Harwood. ( Note: Married Names Shown for female students when known.)
The below list of closed Haralson County Schools is donated by Dr. Terrell McBrayer. The list was compiled by Dr. McBrayer from several sources, including Haralson County, A History, 1983 by Mrs. Lois Newman; Haralson’s Historical Highlights, by Mary Tolleson.
Name of School, Date of Operation, Location
ADAMS (Black School in Bremen on Mt. Zion St.)
BEREA Around 1900 thru 1930s Near Intersection of Jacksonville Rd. and Steadman Rd.
CHANDLERS CHAPEL GA. HWY 100 Near intersection of Jacksonville Rd.
CORINTH (UNION) *SEE PICTURE ABOVE
DRAKETOWN *SEE PICTURE ABOVE
FAIRMOUNT *SEE PICTURE ABOVE
MCKINNEYS SCHOOL (Also called Chigger Ridge) Old Edwardsville Rd. N. of Steadman Rd. (Also Easom Hill)
MT. TABOR, So. of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, Near I-20 and Hwy 100 exit.
MT. ZION WEST Across the road from Mt. Zion West Baptist Church
MT. ZION EAST
NITRA, NEAR WACO
PINE KNOT Operated during the fruit growing project in Steadman community
PLEASANT HILL Jacksonville Rd. near Alabama line
POPLAR SPRINGS 1890 or before Three different locations, Last location Poplar Springs Rd. at Hwy 100. This was a two story school at last location.
RIVERSIDE Near Riverside Baptist Church
SMITH’S SCHOOL E. of Jacksonville Rd. near where old Mt. Zion Rd. enters Steadman Rd. on property once owned by William F. Smith who died ca 1845
STEDMAN SCHOOL (Successor to Pine Knot)
TUMLIN NR. HCMS
WESLEY CHAPEL Also known as Verner School
WILD CAT Before 1900-Closed 1917 Old Poplar Springs Rd.
The following were other early schools in Haralson County:
BUCHANAN ACADEMY 1844
ST. AGNES SEMINARY An Episcopal School
TALLAPOOSA MALE AND FEMALE COLLEGE 1887
TALLAPOOSA FIRST FREE SCHOOL IN THE STATE’
DRAKETOWN BAPT. INST.
HAMILTON COLLEGE OF BREMEN
DRAKETOWN BAPT. INST.
HAMILTON COLLEGE OF BREMEN
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