Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Baileyton School

This is in Greene County TN.  Baileyton School is a low and wide brick building, hard to get one comprehensive picture of, so, since it’s not particularly distinct in an architectural way, I opted to show the story.  First the sign that’s on a small brick building in front of the school:


Now, that’s proof of the school.  In the building is a bell:


It was created by Buckeye Bell Foundry (Cincinnati OH/still in business) in 1883 and presented by Capt. B. M. Bailey to Oakland Seminary, Laurel Gap, TN (Laurel Gap is a natural passageway through the Bays Mountains to Hawkins County).  Laurel Gap was the name Baileyton went by early in the 19th century, presumably until the settlement was incorporated as “Baileyton” in 1915 (according to “Tennessee Placenames” by Larry L. Miller).  And now, the rest of the story:


I haven’t found out yet why it was called “Oakland Seminary”, but I will.

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4 thoughts on “Baileyton School

  1. Barbara Southerland on said:

    Your pictures are great. We are celebrating a 100 years of Baileyton as well as 100 years since Greene County acquired Oakland Seminary as a public school We will be doing a history of the community on Friday Night at 6:00 (September 11) and then on Sunday at the school will be two presentation–one on the history of Baileyton and the second one the history of the school. The time is 2:00. These events are a part of our Baileyton Celebration—2015.

  2. Also Wish they fix the name plate actually
    after laurel gap. was briefly called Bailey town,,, then in 1915 dropped the W ,and just called Baileyton.

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