Ruins of Rye Cove School
Original Author: Unknown
Created: May 9, 1929
Medium: Photograph
Publisher: Library of Virginia

Ruins of Rye Cove School

The 1929 cyclone that struck Rye Cove School in Scott County hit just after the midday recess, and more than 150 students and teachers were inside. The wooden building was completely destroyed. The storm uprooted trees, lifted the roofs from buildings, destroyed a spring house and a flour mill, and emptied J. B. Stone's store—located just down the street from the school—of its contents, sweeping the shelves clean of groceries, tools, thread, and candy. A lumber pile near the school was picked up by the wind, and furniture from a nearby house was blown four miles away.


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