Bailey Family Photographs, circa 1950-1969


Bailey Family Photographs, circa 1950-1969


The Bailey Family Photographs, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, consists of 40 scans of images depicting the Bailey family and other residents of Lost Cove, North Carolina in the years immediately before and after the town was abandoned. The images are primarily black-and-white photographs.

The Bailey Family Photographs (forty photographs) were digitized by the donor in 2011, with the donor retaining the original physical materials.


Bailey Family Photographs, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University


circa 1950-1969


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ETSU Archives of Appalachia: AppMs-0812

Collection Items

Velmer Bailey preaching or leading song
Front row: Servilla Bailey. Second row: Priscilla Bailey (in saddle shoes)

Velmer Bailey family
Left to right: Hosea Bailey, Velmer Bailey, Servilla Harris Bailey, Priscilla Bailey, Isaiah Bailey, Eugene Bailey

Sinclair Conley showing a globe to four children
Left to right: Priscilla Bailey, unidentified girl, Sinclair Conley, Hosea Bailey, unidentified boy

Sinclair Conley reading to three children
Left to right: Hosea Bailey, unidentified girl, Priscilla Bailey, and Sinclair Conley

Lost Cove schoolchildren at recess
Sinclair Conley, the 75 year old school teacher, is on the front steps. The school building was also used for church services.

Congregation of Mountain View Free Will Baptist Church
Priscilla Bailey, Servilla Harris Bailey, and Velmer Bailey are third, fourth and seventh from the left in the front row. Hosea Bailey is behind Servilla.

Isaiah Bailey pours water into a tin tub for Hosea Bailey
This photograph was staged for a newspaper.

Isaiah and Hosea Bailey in Velmer Bailey's corn field
The corn crib is at the bottom of the hill.
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