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Near Eminence in Henry County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Eminence College Site / Rev. W.S. Giltner

                                   / (1827–1921)

 
 
Eminence College Site side of marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 12, 2019
1. Eminence College Site side of marker
Inscription.  Chartered as a high school by Kentucky Legislature in 1856. The school had trustees Dr. D. Porter, S.T. Drane, Morris Thomas, Preston Thomas, James Drane, W. B. Wilson, and W. J. Mason. In 1861, the name Eminence College conferred on it. Men and women were equally represented at one of state’s first coeducational boarding schools.

President of Eminence College from 1858–1893, W.S. Giltner trained at Bethany College, West Virginia. He and his wife, Lizzie Rains Giltner, led the college, creating a commercial deptartment (1880) and normal school for training teachers (1886). Reverend Giltner also preached at Eminence Christian Church. Enrollment peaked around 200; college closed in 1895.
 
Erected 2000 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. Presented by City of Eminence and Henry County Fiscal Court. (Marker Number 2043.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducation. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location.
Rev. W.S. Giltner side of Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 12, 2019
2. Rev. W.S. Giltner side of Marker
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38° 21.43′ N, 85° 10.985′ W. Marker is near Eminence, Kentucky, in Henry County. Marker is on Eminence Pike (Kentucky Route 55) south of Mulberry Road (Kentucky Route 1899), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eminence KY 40019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Pollard Inn (approx. 2˝ miles away); Dutch Colony Here (approx. 4.8 miles away); Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (approx. 5.3 miles away); County Named, 1798 (approx. 5.3 miles away); Drennon Springs (approx. 5.8 miles away); Civil War Actions (approx. 5.8 miles away); Pioneer Station / Squire Boone (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eminence.
 
Also see . . .  Tribute to William Seidner Giltner. This page contains photographs of the Rev. Giltner. “Eminence College, Kentucky, is about forty miles from the city of Louisville. Its situation is all that can be desired for an institution of learning, being removed from the evil influences of city life. The college is situated in the midst of an intelligent and moral community. The first session of Eminence College began in September, 1857. In this school also the coeducation of the sexes obtains. W. Giltner has been president from the beginning. The last session is reported
Eminence College Site / Rev. W.S. Giltner Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 12, 2019
3. Eminence College Site / Rev. W.S. Giltner Marker
as having been one of marked prosperity and success. The institution is self-sustaining.” (Submitted on July 6, 2019.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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May. 24, 2022