West Tennessee Treasure - Scotts Hill - Doe Creek School

Brittany Patterson

SCOTTS HILL, Tenn. - Carl White attended Doe Creek School in the mid-1930's. His class picture is on the wall.

White says going to school at the one-room school house meant sharing lessons with other students grades one through eight, and a hard hike every morning to get there.

"If it was a pretty day, fine. If it was snow or rain, you got wet," said White. "It was like your chores at the house. Something you had to do, so you got up and got it done."

Stories fill the school house, including those of Head Master Elmer Duck, who bought a teaching license for 50 cents and taught for nearly 50 years.

"He's probably the longest tenured teacher in the state of Tennessee," said J. Wayne Stanfill of the Doe Creek Committee.

Despite Doe Creek's students' success stories, over the years, the school house slowly fell apart.

"I was worried myself about it going to fall down and this be gone and the memories of it, you know?" said White.

In 2007, the building was restored to its original grace and beauty, thanks to assessment help from Middle Tennessee State University and physical labor from the South Central Corrections Center.

"On the inside, a lot of the ceiling, the floor and the walls are original," said Stanfill."The chalkboard, we got from a school that was being torn down, so it's really a slate board like they used to use in a a school."

Most of all, it took the pride and ownership of the local community to restore Tennessee's oldest original one room log school.

"Everybody in this area is pretty well related. And, well, it's homefolks. And you can get a lot more done like that than you can if you don't know a person," said Stanfill.

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