The moving, reconstruction and renovation of the Johnson One Room School House is underway and making progress. The old structure, located on Conn Road in Southern Logan County, is being moved to the corner of Townsend Avenue and High Street in the city of Adairville.
Jim Wilkerson, former Vice-President of Odom’s Tennesse Pride and former mayor of Adairville for eight years, and his wife Annette, are funding the move and renovation and are the driving force in the actualization of the project.
“Over the years I have come to realize the significance of the schoolhouse, and decided to bring it to the city of Adairville, in a more central location - so that it may be utilized and enjoyed by many people for generations to come. We decided on the site because of the availability of the property and the location being next to The Art Studio, where art classes are taught to adults and children,” Wilkerson said. “The Art Studio plans to introduce a variety of workshops featuring folk arts and other crafts- such as blacksmithing, in an adjacent barn. In the final analysis, the location and timing of such a project just seemed right.”
As the years have passed over the old structure, age and deterioration has had its affect and damaged the integrity of the building. Every effort is being made to restore the school house with original or historically accurate building materials. Yellow Poplar logs have been harvested off the original property surrounding the schoolhouse and this material will be milled and used in the reconstruction. Albert Fuqua, who is known for his preservation construction skills and abilities, is overseeing the renovation.
An historical timeline is being put together for the building. Anyone who has information about the old school house, attended school there or had relatives who attended are encouraged to call Jennifer Brindley at 539-5228.