A driving tour through the communities of southern Giles County, Tennessee
The farming community of Bryson, like Elkton and Conway, had a store, school, and churches that are fondly remembered.
Photos & Stories
The Corner Store was the gathering place for the areas locals and later became the Bryson Bar-B-Que, a popular eating establishment.
Old Morrell’s Mill
Barbecue Pit / Corner Store
Geraldine Russell, Moving to Bryson
Geraldine Russell, Selling Barbecue
Geraldine Russell, Country Store
Geraldine Russell, Fire Barbecue Pit
Joe Bryan, Russell’s Barbecue Store
Pete Watson, Blacksmith Shop Bryson
The Bethany Presbyterian Church and the Bryson Methodist were located across the street from each other and sometimes shared services. Members of both congregations remember interdenominational worship services.
Bethany Presbyterian Church
Bryson Methodist Church
Joe Bryan, Churches in Bryson
Joe Bryan, Churches in Bryson 2
George Newman, Bethany Presbyterian Church
BRYSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL
The school at Bryson was called the Bethany School and at one time was a college. Bethany School included grades 1-4. The students were taught in one large classroom and were called to the teacher’s desk one grade at a time. Older students assisted the younger ones with their studies.
VBS, Bethany School
Wood Hollis and Kermit George, Bethany School
Last Class, Bethany
Phil George, Moving Up to Elkton School
George Newman, Bethany School
George Newman, Bethany School 2
Pete Watson, Bryson School
Phil George, Going to School in Bryson
Phil George, Going to School in Bryson 2
BRYSON WAY OF LIFE
Bryson was, and still is, a farming community; numerous stories of the every day life of farm families in the area.