Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Site of Benicia Seminary
[Marker mounted on front of base (Photo #1]
The birthplace of Mills College, founded in 1852 as the Young Ladies' Seminary of Benicia. Acquired from Mary Atkins by Cyrus and Susan Mills in 1865. It was moved to its present site in Oakland in 1871 and was chartered as a college by the State of California in 1885.
[Marker mounted on back of base (Photo #2]
dedicated themselves to learning and
nourished it: The students who came for
knowledge and grew to citizenship in
the early Capital of California
Founded in Benicia 1852
Erected by Benicia Old Timers Committee
[A second marker mounted on back of base (photo #3)]
Erected by Benicia Parlor 89, N.S.G.W., Mills College Alumnae Assn., May 2, 1965
Erected 1965 by The California State Park Commission in cooperation with The Alumnae Association of Mills College, May 2, 1965. (Marker Number 795.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 3.238′ Click for map. Marker is located at the City Park between 1st and 2nd Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the First Protestant Church in California (within shouting distance of this marker); First Masonic Hall Built in California (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1854 – Saint Paulís Episcopal Church – 1954 (about 800 feet away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); Fischer-Hanlon House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Founders of Benicia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Semple (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
Regarding Site of Benicia Seminary. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.795 on September 6, 1964
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . Benicia: The “Athens of California”. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. The Benicia Seminary
This pioneer educational institution was noted as one of the pioneer schools for young women. In 1852, a Board of Trustees organized the seminary, under the management of Miss Susan Lord. In 1854 Mary Atkins (Lynch) became the proprietor and principal. The school closed it's doors finally in 1886.
Between 1865 and 1871 the school was owned by Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Mills and was the first setting of Mills College, the woman's college now located in Oakland, California.
— Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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