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“Rich in History”

Little Greenbrier School
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Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Rich in History”
Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Another one of the history trips I enjoy while in the smokies the school house as it was and the mile hike to the walker sisters house you need to read the book about them and how they lived to really appreciate this area. A must to teach children about the earl schools and how the people lived

Visited March 2014
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Gatlinburg
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94 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great hike”
Reviewed 12 November 2012

Nice hike to a really cool old schoolhouse, you can go in and sit on the benches, feel like what school may have been like here

Visited May 2012
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Nottingham, Maryland, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Great step back in time”
Reviewed 22 October 2012

Totally worth the hike...I read the reviews, and talked to the rangers at Sugarlands, and decided not to risk the one lane gravel road (I suck at backing up, and the car is pretty new). I drove to Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area and hiked in...the start to the trail is marked, but then you're on your own until you get to the school. This may be a short trail, but it's not that easy...the first part is a steep uphill gravel path, followed by a steep downhill dirt path covered with huge tree roots (although these make handy stairs when going back). I felt like I walked forever without seeing any markers, and was almost about to turn around when I saw the school...I guess not many people use the trail!

The schoolhouse was absolutely wonderful. It had lots of original things on display, like needlework samplers from little girls, schoolbooks, slates, dolls, etc. There was a volunteer dressed in period clothing, too, who answered questions. Sit at one of the desks and take it all in... There is a small cemetery across from the school, with most of the headstones replaced/additionally marked with modern plaques. Some of the graves probably had wooden markers that are long gone, and the stone markers are so worn you can't read them (if there was anything on them in the first place).

This is also the jumping-off point to get to the Walker Sisters' Cabin, which can only be reached on foot. The trail starts just above the parking lot for the schoolhouse.

Visited October 2012
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Fremont, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Sweet Piece of History”
Reviewed 25 July 2012

We drove up to the school on the very narrow roadway and just prayed that no one was coming the other way, otherwise you have to drive back down...backwards!! Luckily we made it up without stopping. The school is very interesting with desks and a blackboard still in place. There's a little cemetery across from it with many members of the Walker family buried there.

Visited July 2012
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Bloomington, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
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“Humble and Real”
Reviewed 12 July 2012

I drove up the narrow road with a threatening thunderstorm in tow. I had four teenagers with me who were creeped out about getting stuck in the old school house during the storm. It was very humbling to see and to know that people lived so simply. Because of the storm we didn't hike back to the other cabins. Next time we will. This is a simple place to visit with an old grave yard next to it but a must see for anyone who is interested in history.

Visited July 2012
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