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Bingham School

 
 
Bingham School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, March 28, 2010
1. Bingham School Marker
Inscription. Founded as Mt. Repose by William Bingham ca. 1815; closed in 1827. Stood 1½ mi. N. Later operated in Orange Co.
 
Erected 2008 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number G 36.)
 
Location. 36° 8.871′ N, 79° 16.565′ W. Marker is in Mebane, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is at the intersection of Lynch Store Road and North Carolina Highway 119N, on the right on Lynch Store Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2417 Lynch Store Road, Mebane NC 27302, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alexander Mebane (approx. 3.7 miles away); Trading Path (approx. 3.7 miles away); Confederate Occaneechi (approx. 4 miles away); Occaneechi in the Service (approx. 4 miles away); Pleasant Grove High School (approx. 4.1 miles away); Charles Richard Drew (approx. 4.1 miles away); McCray School (approx. 6.2 miles away); Hawfields Church (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mebane.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier NC Highway marker with the following text: "Founded (1812?) by Wm. Bingham, noted teacher. Stood 1.5 miles north. Moved
Bingham School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, March 28, 2010
2. Bingham School Marker
in 1826 by Wm. J. Bingham to Hillsboro." The NC Highway Historical Marker Program Website states that the marker was replaced with the text changes in the fall of 2008.
 
Regarding Bingham School. Rev. William Bingham was born 1754, in Ireland. He was educated in Scotland and became principal of Hillsboro Academy in Hillsborough, in 1813. He moved to the rural area of Orange County, near what is now Mebane, North Carolina. He opened the school called Mt. Repose in 1815. Male students lived and studied in log cabins.

Rev. William Bingham died in 1826. His son William James Bingham finished out the year as headmaster at Mount Repose and then closed the school to become principal at Hillsborough Academy.

Bingham School was reopened as W. J. Bingham’s Select School or Oaks. It was located at Oaks, a small community in the southwestern corner of Orange County, N.C.

Continuing the family tradition, another William Bingham, the son of William James Bingham, took over as principal. He incorporated the school as Bingham School and moved the campus to Mebanesville in 1864.

When William died in 1873, his brother Robert Bingham became principal. He moved the school to Asheville, N.C. in 1891.
 
Also see . . .
1. Captain Robert Bingham, 44th Regiment. North
Bingham School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2012
3. Bingham School Marker
Carolina Confederate Troops. This biography of Robert Bingham includes information on Bingham School. (Submitted on March 30, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 

2. NC Historical Highway Marker Program: Bingham School. This link includes a photo of the first Bingham School marker, placed in 1948 and replaced in 2008. (Submitted on March 30, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 
 
Additional keywords. Mebanesville, Burlington, Graham, Academy, Hillsborough
 
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Bingham School Marker at intersection image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, March 30, 2010
4. Bingham School Marker at intersection
This view was taken traveling north on Highway 119. Lynch Store Rd. turns to the right. Marker is immediately on your left as you make your turn.
 
 
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