The Gilley's Hotel in Bulls Gap, Tennessee once served as a stop for railroad workers and passengers. Now, it sits empty next to the tracks.
Gilley's Hotel in Bulls Gap, Tennessee
It was the Walmart of its day and famous for its bologna and cheese sandwiches. Now, the Trew's Store's dusty shelves are sparsely stocked with the rodent-chewed remains of its heyday.
Trew's Store in McMinn County, Tennessee
Children used to walk for miles to get to this little gray schoolhouse. Now, it sits on the side of Boyds Creek Highway, but the stories and lessons learned within its walls are kept alive by former students.
Island View School in Sevier County, Tennessee
This little hotel was once a riverfront resort. Now, it is half-hidden on a hillside waiting for the day guests fill its rooms.
Higdon Hotel in Reliance, Tennessee
The Tennessee State Prison was opened on Feb. 12, 1898 just outside Nashville. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
A look through the bars of cell block three at the Tennessee State Prison, which once housed MLK's assassin, James Earl Ray. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
Knoxville College is a historically black liberal arts college founded in 1875 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
Classes officially stopped in May 2015, after three students graduated. Later that year, the EPA removed hazardous chemicals from the abandoned science building, and arsonists attacked other campus buildings. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
Eugenia Williams was the daughter of Dr. David H. Williams, an East Tennessee physician who helped fund the Coca Cola Company in 1902. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
Disputes over how the property should be used according to Eugenia's will and a quick succession of UT presidents led to the house sitting abandoned for years. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
Rule High School opened in 1927. It was named after Captain William Rule, a former Union Army captain who went on to be mayor of Knoxville and the editor of the Knoxville Journal. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
The 1949 addition looks more like a haunted house than a school. The gym used to pack in crowds for games and pep rallies, now sits in ruin. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.
Known as the Eastern State Hospital Dairy Farm, mental health patients were housed in the dormitory and worked on the farm. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.