Mellow Valley School was constructed in 1910 for the Mellow Valley community. The school not only served grades one through twelve but also was the hub of the community and surrounding area. Several buildings were added over the years, including an agricultural building, gymnasium, and lunchroom. The school closed in 2003 and sat vacant until the Mellow Valley Alumni & Friends Association obtained the property from the Clay County Board of Education in 2014.
When the association took control of the property, the buildings had been vandalized and were suﬀering from years of deferred maintenance, including a leaking, deteriorated roof. The community has worked diligently since 2014 to preserve the old school. The front and side elevations of the school are intact, but due to the poor condition and building code issues, maintaining insurance for the property has been a challenge. The association hopes to bring awareness with the Places in Peril listing while it works to reestablish the school as a prominent place in the Mellow Valley community.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.