This is the Poplar Ridge School building, located on Hoover Hill Road in Trinity. The two-room school had no electricity or indoor plumbing. It was built in 1879 and closed in 1952.
My dad actually attended school there the last year it was in operation. My grandmother (Mrs. Cletus Sumner Bennett) and her brothers and sisters also attended there. I’m not sure on the exact dates, but she taught at the school in the 1930’s and possibly some of the 1940’s. She later went on to teach in the Trinity school system till the 1970’s.
The former Poplar Ridge Friend’s Church building used to stand just to the right of the school. It was taken down by George Sumner (one of my relatives) and relocated somewhere further down Hoover Hill Road toward Mt. Pleasant Church back in the 1980’s.
There used to be a “Poplar Ridge Reunion” held every year around the first of September. When I was a kid, the reunion used to be an all day Saturday event. The alumni men would start cooking the pigs on Friday night in the gravel lot between the school and the old church. They served some of the best barbecue all day Saturday in the church fellowship hall across the road.
In years past, the school house was unlocked during the reunion for public tours. I’m not sure if the reunion is still going on now. At last check, some of the remaining alumni were gathering just for a Saturday evening dinner in the Poplar Ridge Church fellowship hall. ~MB
The Evergreen Academy was another school in Randolph County which operated from the 1860’s to 1920’s. Here’s a link to photos and short blog post about that.
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