The old Mountain State High School Bu...

The old Mountain State High School Building

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#1 Jan 21, 2009
Can anyone there in Alderson tell me if the old school building up on the hill is still there or has it been torn down?
patty

Humble, TX

#2 Jan 21, 2009
yes i is stil tere but it is real run downand in parts of it the ceilingsar falling in i is really such a shame at on timeit was a beautiul bulding i raised 3 boys and they used to go there and play basketall in the gym
patty

Humble, TX

#3 Jan 21, 2009
sorry about my spelling my computor sometimes misses letters when i get i a hurry
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Cincinnati, OH

#4 Jan 22, 2009
patty wrote:
yes i is stil tere but it is real run downand in parts of it the ceilingsar falling in i is really such a shame at on timeit was a beautiul bulding i raised 3 boys and they used to go there and play basketall in the gym
Thank you, so much Patty, for taking time to reply.
Do you know who owns the building now?
I am a former student from back in the '60's and it was indeed a beautiful building. Simply acres of oak flooring and solid oak doors and cornice mouldings, and a beautiful 2 story stained glass window on the central stairway and years and years of memories while attending school there.
Also, I remember how friendly everyone was to us in the town of Alderson. Most of us,(the students), came there from other states to attend the Baptist High School,(and some students, like me, were there on work scholarships to pay for our tuition and part of our job was to take care of the building, so some of us, more that others, got "up close and personal" with the whole building LOL), but it helped so much that the town folks in Alderson and Lewisburg treated us, for the most part, like anyone else in their hometown and that helped soothe our being homesick.
I remember the beautiful Greenbriar River and how clear the water was,(when it wasn't flooding... LOL) and I remember many long hikes up Muddy Creek Mountain in some of the most beautiful country in the world.
You spoke of your boys playing basketball in the gym; even back in the '60's the gym was in sad shape, but it didn't take us long to figure out which planks in the flooring would stop the ball cold. LOL
I have one more question I hope you, or someone there in Alderson who may know, can answer for me.
Do you know if the school records from the students who attended school there for decades are keep somewhere in the school system in Alderson?
Again I thank you.
Take care and stay warm!
Tom

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#5 Jan 22, 2009
All the records from the school was taken to Alderson Broadous College in Phillippe WV. They also took the light fictures and stained glass windown and other things like that. When they had the auction for the building and the land there was nothing left in the building. Everything had been removed. Hope this helps.
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#6 Jan 22, 2009
Tom wrote:
All the records from the school was taken to Alderson Broadous College in Phillippe WV. They also took the light fictures and stained glass windown and other things like that. When they had the auction for the building and the land there was nothing left in the building. Everything had been removed. Hope this helps.
Yes, thank you Tom, for the updated information. I will contact someone at Alderson College concerning our records.
We had been told the building had possibly been torn down and I am very glad it hasn't been and that the window has been given to the college. If my memory serves from info gathered way back when, I think the college actually commissioned the stain glass window to be made originally, and later on, after the college moved to Phillipi, the building was used as a military academy.
Do you know if perhaps someone in Greenbriar County Historical Society may be wanting to have the building put on the historical preservation list?
Funds could then be granted to have it restored somewhat. Even if the wings weren't restored, the main section could again be made beautiful and it could possibly become a museum, etc.(Just thinking out loud here).
The building is pre-civil war from what I understand.
Tom

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#7 Jan 22, 2009
I have no idea about the building being on the Historcial List. I don't know anyone on the Greenbrier Co Historical Society. You may contact Margaret Hambrick (Dave Hambrick) as she is very involved in community activities. They are currently remodling a home in Alderson and I am not sure if the have had there phone reconnected yet. The last I heard the building was owned by Dr William Perrine's estate from Lewisburg. There are many things the building could be used for. Such as a nursing home or a retirement home or a tourist attraction and the list goes on.
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#8 Jan 23, 2009
Tom, I really appreciate all the information you passed on to me. Thank you.
Deb

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#9 Mar 1, 2013
I just ran across this site and was very surprised. Since you said you went to MSBHS in the 60's maybe you would also be interested in knowing that on facebook we have our own page. You can check it out some time. They have been having an all school reunion for the last 3-4 yrs. All the info is posted on the FB page. I attended from 69-71.
Susan

Versailles, KY

#10 Jul 15, 2013
I remember Mountain State so well. My parents were teachers there and we actually lived in an apartment in the building. Fishing in the pond, hiking the property and exploring the building and the old school behind it. The auditorium was my own personal stage and I would practice the piano for hours. I still play and sometimes think back to those times. My dad just died 2 months ago but we used to talk about those days a lot.
GHH

Princeton, WV

#11 Jul 15, 2013
Susan, Do you remember a person by the name of Daniel Oakley. He lived at the school but he attended Alderson High School. His Dad worked there. We were friends in school in 1965, 66 and 67. I believe he had a sister. Always wondered what happened to him.
Susan

Chicago, IL

#12 Jul 18, 2013
I don't remember him. We moved there in the fall of 1970 when i was 8 years old and moved away in 1977. I just ordered a 1973 yearbook from eBay so maybe he might b in there.
GHH

Princeton, WV

#13 Jul 18, 2013
Thank you. They would have been out of school by then. I think I have found them on facebook. Sent a message but haven't gotten a reply back yet.
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Susan

Toledo, OH

#15 Oct 17, 2013
lol wrote:
Is this place hanuted???? Has it always been a high school or was it something else beforehand
To LOL from what my dad told me it was a college before the boarding school took over. And YES! I totally agree that the building's haunted. Had a couple things happen while I was there that we couldn't explain
Try telling that to a group of preachers
Ha. Students used to tell stories also. Fun but freaky place to live. I miss the old days
Janie

Cleveland, OH

#16 Aug 11, 2014
I attended the school when it was called Mt. State Christian High School. My church supported me in going there. I lived in Thurmond, WV and I usually rode the train there when I was home on Holidays. Other times, and especially the first time when I started going there, my Pastor and his wife took me. I had so many good memories there. Once when going back to the school at night after attending Sunday night church service in Talcot, I told the others in the car that it was like a city set on a hill which could not be hidden.(Matthew 5:14) I loved that school!! I was there the school year of 1957-58.
bcamren

Williams Bay, WI

#17 Aug 21, 2014
Janie wrote:
I attended the school when it was called Mt. State Christian High School. My church supported me in going there. I lived in Thurmond, WV and I usually rode the train there when I was home on Holidays. Other times, and especially the first time when I started going there, my Pastor and his wife took me. I had so many good memories there. Once when going back to the school at night after attending Sunday night church service in Talcot, I told the others in the car that it was like a city set on a hill which could not be hidden.(Matthew 5:14) I loved that school!! I was there the school year of 1957-58.
To Janie--you probably knew my brother, Terry Fleshman. He left and went to Chicago after graduation. Unfortuantly Terry passed away Aug. 19. 2014 We are having his service this Sun. or Mon. In Rainelle Wva
Plato

Charleston, WV

#18 Sep 2, 2014
I wonder what it would take to get that place back into shape?
Susan

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#19 Sep 14, 2014
Plato wrote:
I wonder what it would take to get that place back into shape?
Probably about 5mil or more. I saw the old headmaster at my dads funeral last year and he had been there in the last few years. I was planning a trip to W VA and he advised me not to hi because it was in such terrible shape and he knew how upset I would b. Bro. Rule told me to just remember it the way it was. I do know that there were a lot of problems with things breaking and the ceilings coming down in some of the rooms in the "wings" before we left.
forme2know

Princeton, WV

#20 Sep 20, 2014
What is the FB page called I can't find it
DGM

Mount Holly, NC

#21 Sep 20, 2014
Wow, this thread brought back memories. When I was growing up in the 80s, the school was used as a summer church camp, and my parents would send us each year. Fishing in the pond was so much fun! And I'll never forget, the boys' portion of the dormitory NEVER had hot water! LOL
While visiting my parents recently, I stopped by the old building, and its state and condition are really sad. The "grand staircase" leading inside is in horrible shape, along w/ the rest of the building. Most of the outer stairs (fire escapes) are falling apart, and all of the windows have been busted out. From what I could see, it looks like the pond may be gone, and there is now a small trailer park where it used to be.
I'm in complete agreement that it would be great if this building could be recaptured and historically renovated. There are too many historical structures in WV that do not get the attention, funding, and care that they deserve (old Civil War hospital in Smoot).

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