little greenbrier school

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Little Greenbrier is one of the communities that was absorbed when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created.   Shown here is the Little Greenbrier school building, which was built in 1882 and used until 1936, and is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.   

During its 54 years of being a school, it had nearly 50 different teachers.   It was also used as a Primitive Baptist Church, which explains the cemetery being directly in front of the building.   The remains of the school are located in what was the center of the community, which is at the far end of a very steep, long, winding, really narrow road.  

The site is accessible by car (barely), but there’s no room to pass another car anywhere on the road up there.  I don’t know what you’d do if you met another car on that road, because I couldn’t even imagine trying to back up or down it.  We drove up and down in the pouring rain, which made it even worse.  Traction was definitely an issue in spots.  Still, it was well worth the trip up there.

 Hint:  There’s a place to park 2 or 3 cars at the bottom of the hill, and walking up would be lots better than meeting another car on that road. 

On a sad note, about half of the graves in the cemetery are the resting places of children, many of which were only infants when they died.