Qualla Graded School

Qualla Graded School

WLeMay
Qualla Graded School served the small, rural farming community of Qualla, North Carolina, which borders the Cherokee Native American Reservation. It was a two-story wood-frame building that was simple yet functional, and it served the Qualla area from 1902 until 1927. It also housed an unaccredited High School, which remained unaccredited until it was discontinued due to better roads to Sylva by the 1930s. In 1927, a new, larger, more modern Stone Schoolhouse, which was similar to the Johns Creek School, was completed nearby and replaced the old building, which was torn down and other buildings built from the materials. The newer Qualla School served as an Elementary/Junior High for many years and was expanded a few times, but when Smokey Mountain Elementary opened less than a mile away in 1980, it effectively ended the long history of the school. Today, no traces remain of the original school, however, the newer school remained in disrepair and abandoned until it was demolished in 2005 to make way for the new Qualla Fire Department. Update: I found that on closer examination, the historic photos I based this model off of did not appear to show a white building, but one with a darker shade of paint. Due to its close proximity to the Cherokee Reservation and the shading of the paint in the historic photograph, I believe the building was painted red, with white trim. I also improved model quality. #1900s #20th #Carolina #Century #Cherokee #Community #County #Early #Farming #Frontier #Jackson #Mountain #NC #North #Old #Proud #Qualla #Remote #Rural #Small #Unaccredited #Victorian
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