Monday, October 8, 2007

Ruins of Central School

One of my favorite landmarks in the Two Egg area is the site of old Central School. Located on Circle Hill Road a few miles northeast of Two Egg crossroads, the site preserves the ruins of the old school where several generations of area residents were educated.

The school was closed years ago and eventually destroyed by a lightning sparked fire, but the site still holds a place in the hearts of former students. A group of them erected a monument on the site several years ago and now help to maintain the grounds. A reunion is held each fall.

Central was one of a number of brick schools constructed in Jackson County during the Great Depression. A similar facility dating from the same era still stands nearby in Bascom. These schools eventually were closed and consolidated, but at the time of their construction they represented a major step forward in the quality of educational facilities in the county.

Central holds an additional unique distinction. Country music legend Hank Williams, Sr., once performed here. Former students still have autographs given them by Williams following the performance.

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