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Fort Braden in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Fort Braden School

 
 
Old Fort Braden School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
1. Old Fort Braden School Marker
Inscription. Fort Braden was established in 1839 as a military outpost during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). At the end of the war the fort was abandoned, but the small farming community that had developed nearby continued. A school in the Fort Braden area was first mentioned in an 1847 Tallahassee Floridian article reporting tax collections at the Fort Braden schoolhouse. Early education in rural Leon County was provided at small, one-room schools. The education these schools offered was inferior to that of urban areas. Yet over the next 80 years, many of these schools were built in Fort Braden and around the county. Consolidation of the schools was proposed at the turn of the 20th century, but did not start until the 1920s when motorized school buses and improved roadways made it possible to transport students to a centralized location. In 1926, the four-classroom Fort Braden School was constructed, featuring an inset entrance and double doors with molded accents. The school served as an education facility and community center for the next 66 years until 1993 when the new Fort Braden School replaced it. Today, the Old Fort Braden School continues to serve the citizens of Fort Braden as a community center.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2004 by the Leon
Old Fort Braden School image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
2. Old Fort Braden School
County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-502.)
 
Location. 30° 25.567′ N, 84° 32.08′ W. Marker is in Fort Braden, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on Blountstown Highway (State Road 20) 0.1 miles from Five By Five Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15100 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee FL 32310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bellevue (approx. 11.4 miles away); Soldiers Cemetery (approx. 11.4 miles away); Pat Munroe House (approx. 11.5 miles away); Gadsden County (approx. 11.5 miles away); Gadsden County War Memorial (approx. 11.5 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 11.5 miles away); Gadsden County Civil War Monument (approx. 11.5 miles away); The Quincy State Bank (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The History of Fort Braden. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. EducationNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Old Fort Braden School Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
3. Old Fort Braden School Entrance
Now used as a community center.
Community Center Sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
4. Community Center Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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