A log school had been built along Dry Fork on land owned by the Shields family late in the 19th century and the children of the community began receiving an education. The photograph of the log school shows several children of Pal Saunders and William Charlton. From these identifications the picture can be dated to around 1910. Later a frame building was constructed on the Tynes Chapel grounds next to the road. Students who wished to receive an education beyond the elementary level were bused to Tazewell County. In the mid 1950s the school house was closed and all the children were bused to Tazewell County for their education. This lasted until 1966 when Bland County Schools were integrated. Teachers came from within as well as from outside the community and they stayed with various families during the school term. Some families would charge a small amount for room and board, while others would merely expect help with the house work and cooking. Teachers were treated like family. It seems that the teachers were universally remembered with fondness and respect by their former pupils.
Later the frame school was constructed on land next to the Tynes Chapel A.M.E. Church. Martha Cobb describes it as ......one room , and you had seats on both sides of the school room and the teachers desk was in the front and the stage was behind the teachers desk. There were a boys and girls coat closet on either side of the entrance. There was also a rope to pull the bell that called the children to school. Nate Charleton remembers the bell could be heard all the way to Rocky Gap. As a little boy he was the janitor, and would clean, build the fire, and ring the bell, The bell was so large Nate recalls, that thing went and swinged me up off the ground.
The community supported the school in many ways. Wood was dragged to the school by parents and sawed into pieces by the boys to warm the school in the winter. Sometimes the boys would have to be sent into the mountains for kindling and one time the school and community connected in an inappropriate manner. Nate Charlton remembers going up the holler above the school with another boy and finding a still. They got into the mash and returned to school in an obviously inebriated condition. Nate said, We had a time, buddy! The mash. You make liquor out of it.That stuff was workin and boy that stuff was rollin. Yeah, they stopped us from getting wood up there for a loooong time. School desks that were discarded by the white schools were used and some desks were made in the community. Pete Ferguson recalls,
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