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Site of Wilkes County Academy

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
1. Site of Wilkes County Academy Marker
Inscription. This is the site of Wilkes County Academy, built in 1797. The Academy was authorized by the Legislature in 1783, one of the first public schools charted by the State of Georgia. Commissioners were: Stephen Heard, Micajah Williamson, Robert Harper, Daniel Coleman, and Zachariah Lamar. Samuel Blackburn was the first teacher. Classes were held in rented houses until 1797, when, with funds raised by public subscription, a commodious two story brick building was erected for an Academy and Church. The Academy was in active use until 1824, when it was torn down and the school removed to a location nearer the business section of Washington.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 157-27.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.298′ N, 82° 45.01′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is on West Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) 0 miles west of North Mercer Street (Georgia Route 44), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jesse Mercerís Home
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
2. Site of Wilkes County Academy Marker
Looking west on US 78
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the Confederate Commissary & Quartermaster's Stores (approx. 0.6 miles away); Benson Block (approx. 0.6 miles away); Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); Slave Market (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lindsey Chevrolet Co. (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Building (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USEducation
 
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
3. Wilkes County Academy
A modern Wilkes County Academy, a private school, stands on the site of the original.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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