Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Old Beckley Junior High School

The old Beckley Junior High School was built in 1918 on Kanawha Street in Beckley, WV. Today it houses part of Mountain State College (University).

The site it was built on was once used as a Civil War era hospital during the occupation of Beckley in 1861. Legend has it that during this time, a young nurse named Hannah worked at the hospital, and was murdered by slaves on the 2nd floor. It is said that Hannah still haunts the building.     
My mom actually went to this school in the mid-late 1950s before the new junior high was built, and often spoke of her experiences there. She was in the band, and whenever she'd find herself staying late for band practice, walking down the hall alone locker doors would slam and she'd hear footsteps behind her.

1 comment:

  1. I'd be interested in knowing the fate of this building. Since Mountain State University closed, is this building still in use?