The Quiet Dell School was established in 1922 and served the community by teaching students until 1970. Property near the school was utilized by Camp Harrison during the Great Depression as a Civilian Conservation Camp. Since the school’s closing, the building has served various purposes through the local Board of Education, and is currently home to a museum that commemorates Civilian Conservation Camps. The West Virginia CCC Camp Museum's major objective is to promote the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and to recognize the many achievements of former CCC members.
Quiet Dell, originally known as Needle’s Eye, was
established in 1848 and became populated after a mill was established along Elk
Creek. After the community was well established, Quiet Dell resident, J.D.
Pickens, deeded land for a school in September of 1922. The Quiet Dell School
served students in the local community, and as far as Craigmoor and Johnstown.
Local contractors built the school, and originally the school was constructed
with no indoor plumbing. Students and teachers had available water from a well
located at the house below the school. The first recorded administrator of
Quiet Dell School was Harriett Cookman in 1924, while some of the hired
teachers lived with local families. Agricultural education was an important
resource taught at Quiet Dell School through the 4-H program directed by Dr.
Keith Pickens from 1922-1926.
The school’s campus was utilized by Camp Harrison, a
Civilian Conservation Camp from 1935 to 1937, and was inhabited by almost 200
men. These men worked to perform soil erosion control on many of the local
farms in the area, in efforts to provide employment during the Depression Era.
The workers were transferred to various camps in September of 1937, and the
camp was evacuated. Efforts were made to transform the camp into a hospital for
tubercular patients, however funds were not made available. Buildings from the temporary
camp were transported to the Soil Conservation Service and the Eighth Corps
Area in Bloomfield, New Mexico. What remained of the Civilian Conservation Camp
after they vacated was later removed with the installation of I-79.
In the 1950s, enrollment numbers forced the school to
expand. The renovations to the building added a kitchen, two new classrooms,
and a new east entrance. The school was able to accommodate students in grades
one through six until newer facilities were built and the school closed in
1970. Quiet Dell School was then utilized by the Board of Education from 1970
to 1975, followed by a Kindergarten organization from 1975 to 1989. The
building also offered special education classes, as well as living skills
training, and speech therapy.