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Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The English School

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, July 19, 2009
1. The English School Marker
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Walhalla, in what was Pickens District until Oconee County was created in 1868, was founded by the German Colonization Society of Charleston in 1850 and boasted as many as 500 German settlers by 1855. The first school offering instruction in English opened in a frame building on Church Street between mid-1850 and late 1852. It was described in January 1853 as "a good English school on the square attended by twenty German Children."

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Prof. G.H.D. Cramer was the first teacher at this elementary school for younger German children. In late 1853, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church was formally organized with Rev. Carl F. Bansemer as its first pastor and as professor at the English school. Bansemer was also professor of a classical academy founded in 1857. When he left Walhalla in 1860, Prof. Cramer resumed teaching at the English school and remained until his death in 1874.
 
Erected 2007 by Oconee County Arts & Historical Commission. (Marker Number 37-15.)
 
Location. 34° 45.905′ N, 83° 4.148′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on South Church Street north of Short Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America.
 
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The English School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, July 19, 2009
2. The English School Marker
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John A. Wagener Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Johnís Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John A. Wagener (within shouting distance of this marker); Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Oconee County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel R.T. Jaynes (about 500 feet away); Combat Infantrymen Monument (about 500 feet away); The Silver Rose (about 500 feet away); Duty, Honor, Country (about 500 feet away); Oconee Heritage Center (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Walhalla.
 
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The English School Marker<br>Front image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 8, 2013
3. The English School Marker
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The English School Marker<br>Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 8, 2013
4. The English School Marker
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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