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Dickville School - Where was it?

published 12-01-09

Before 1930 there were many one room school houses in Stanly County. One was the Dickville school serving the area that is now Morrow Mountain State Park. I'm gathering information in an attempt to nail down the location.

Some local oral history claims the school was on the right side of the Morrow Mountain road and just before the current park gate. I think this is where the Dick family lived and at some point in time the school may have been there.

But that location outside today's park gate does not match information from two maps of the period. One map is the Miller Map of about 1909. This section of that 1909 map shows the area of interest.

The other map is a 1920 Rural Delivery Map. This section of the map shows the area of interest. The school symbol is on the legend.

Both maps indicate the school sat inside what is now the park boundary. They show the school sitting along the old ferry road that passed by the Kron home site. According to these maps the school was east of the turn toward Badin and west of the Kron family home.

On December 7th, 2007 a video was made of Richard Walter Mills touring the park with Ranger Ron Anundson. Mr. Mills attended the Dickville School for a few years. Mr. Mills described the school site as off the old ferry road that ran past the Kron home. He remembered it was east of the turn to Badin and west of the Kron site. This location fits with the 1910 Miller Map and the 1920 Rural Delivery map. He described a road that may have been the road to the pond that was built by the CCC to serve the park swimming pool.

Mr. Mills says that the school sat on a bank and a spring was nearby. It seems possible that the school was near the dam that creates the pond. The spring he describes may be the spring that feeds the pond today.

Added - October 23rd, 2016

Some reports indicate the Dickville School sat across the old Ferry Road from the junction with the road/path from Badin. It is important to remember that the road from Badin has evolved over time. There have been two branches of the road coming from Badin.

During the early history of the area the road/path seems to have joined the Ferry road farther east than it does today. I think this was the case roughly prior to 1920. The eastern branch would have been the horse trail that Dr. Kron and others took from the Ferry Road on their travels north toward Badin. On the Miller Map of about 1909 there is only one path coming from the direction of Badin.

Later a second path shows up on maps. This coincides with an increase in automobile traffic. The Rural Delivery Map of 1920 shows two paths branching off the Badin Road and heading south. We can see that the western path is straighter, designed for cars and trucks. A home site symbol shows up across from the western branch junction with the Ferry Road. There is a symbol for a school location close to the junction of the old or eastern branch.

I believe that the Dickville School sat on a well known site that has remained unidentified. That site is just west of the junction of the old eastern branch from Badin. Today that eastern branch joins the Ferry Road at or near the fire road that climbs to the Fall Mountain trail. Remains of the old branch can be found but it is fading away.

signature Phil W. Lowder