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Picturing the Past 104: Cedar Grove School

Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 12:03 PM

Students and faculty of Cedar Grove School, which was located west of Unionville, in the early 1900s. Can you identify anyone? (Photo submitted by Kathy Haynes)
ID alert: Your help is needed.

Recognize anyone in this photo? This is Cedar Grove School, which was located west of Unionville during the first half of the 20th century. This photo, contributed by Kathy Haynes, is undated but obviously from the early 1900s.

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The school closed in 1945, Kathy said.

This ID search is part of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church's homecoming celebration on May 15, in which the 100th anniversary of the current sanctuary will be celebrated. The 11 a.m. worship service will be followed by a potluck dinner and decoration of Cedar Grove Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Members are seeking photos and memories about both the church and the school. The church was formed in 1939 as a merger of Mt. Zion Protestant Methodist Church and Cedar Grove Episcopal Methodist Church, which once stood side by side at the intersection of Manier Road and Cedar Grove Road near Unionville.

Call Kathy, (931) 364-7771, or Linda King, (931) 294-5503, if you can help.

And, while we're in the general area, there was some talk in the office about Old Pencil Mill Road the other day. Where exactly was the mill, who operated it, etc.?

We're back: Sorry about missing the PTP blog last week. We had a major computer problem at the T-G which slowed our production process and I didn't have time to track down any photos. Computer's fixed and we're back in action.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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Love this one. The old school sits almost in front of where my parents house is, and that's where my Dad received part of his education. The buttercups still bloom in a couple of spots where the old school house sat. As a side note, the outhouse for the school is still there, a "double" seater.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 12:10 PM

One cannot help but notice the bare feet, even though most have on jackets/long sleeves. Today's children have tennis shoes, dress shoes, sports shoes and so on. Makes you wonder what the next century will be like.

-- Posted by chas29 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:02 AM

When was This photo? I was attending when it closed. I think I went there from 41-45.

-- Posted by ed smot on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 11:09 AM

Thanks David for sharing another great picture. I am not sure exactly where Cedar Grove School was located except that it was back in the direction of Chapel Hill from Unionville. As I was looking through some of my books I found a picture of students from Cedar Grove School from the late 1930s. It is in the Bedford County, Tennessee Family History Book that was compiled by the Bedford County Historical Society, and published by Turner Publishing Company in 2002.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Apr 1, 2011, at 4:19 PM

My Father attended this school circa 1920 to 1928 and I cannot identify him in this photo...I recognize most of the people in the photo leeiii mentioned and knew they were younger than my Dad...This is the best I can do to date the photo as pre-1920....

-- Posted by FlaDon on Sun, Apr 3, 2011, at 10:32 AM

Regarding the old Pencil Mill, my wife's cousin may know more about the history of the mill. He told me that the pencil mill didn't actually make pencils, but rather made the parts of halves for the pencils. He said he remembers the old mill after it was gone, could see where the building and foundations had once been. His name is Gerald Reid and as of 21 June 2016 is is doing well and 93 years of age. My wife's ancestors out of Bedford County are the Potts, Eads, Sudbury, Marbury, and many associated lines.

-- Posted by Crockett on Tue, Jun 21, 2016, at 1:39 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.