Sunday, October 23, 2016

Willow Grove: The Town That Drowned

Fall's crisp, cool air is among us and the evenings seem just a little more mysterious this time of year with the extra rustling of brittle leaves and branches in the wind. With Halloween just a few days away, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little eerie Tennessee history.

Willow Grove, 'the town that drowned'.

Willow Grove was located on the banks of Irons Creek and was named for its many willow trees.  Despite being a little town, they were home to one of the largest schools in the area.  Unfortunately, despite many protests, in 1942 the town was forced to evacuate so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District could build the dam and create what is now Dale Hollow Lake.

*Read the attached article for in depth story*

Aerial photo of Willow Grove school foundation.

The school can be seen best in the fall when water levels are lowered.  It remains a popular spot for divers. 

*Related scuba diving video at the Willow Grove School ruins posted on YouTube by Eddy Haynes

*YouTube Video Link

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