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Little Greenbrier School

Metcalf Bottoms Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Washington, Dc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The school building is in a very pleasant setting in the park. However, it is a nice hike off the main road and I do not advise it, if you have small kids with you. We went to listen to shape note singing and learn a bit about that art form. I have tried it before, but not sure if... More

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tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This little schoolhouse gives you the real feel for what life was like for the original settlers of the Cades Cove area in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a typical one room log building where all grades were taught together. Nestled in a very peaceful secluded part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, very few people visit, so... More

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Danielsville, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We absolutely loved this old school. There is so much history in there that you can almost see/imagine it in every knot on the hand hewn lumber. The view is spectacular all the way around it. I just wish people could respect property more and not want to carve/write on it. I suggest going early or late because the road... More

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Cleveland, Georgia
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Enjoyed the short walk and and visit. It's a rough cabin in the woods.The school is next to a brook (Little Brier Branch) and the Metcalf Bottoms Trail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 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

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Edmonton, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

WE VISITED here in 1999, and found it totally by accident, as we got out and drove to find such awesome places. The little valley was in itself worth the find, and we loved going inside the school---The huge poplar logs, some over 2 feet in width, seemed to be alive with the spirits of all who may have at... More

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Gatlinburg
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 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

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Nottingham, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 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... More

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Fremont, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 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... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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37 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 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... More

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