Fairfield in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fairfield Academy was organized in 1802 when the community was an active local manufacturing center. The Board of Regents granted the academy a charter in 1803. A separate medical department became the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of New York (better known as Fairfield Medical College). It was chartered in 1812 and was the second medical college in New York, and the sixth to be founded in the nation. Among its distinguished alumni were Asa Gray (1810 - 1888), internationally famous botanist, and Marcus Whitman (1802 - 1847), explorer, colonizer and physician-missionary in Oregon. Teachers and graduates from Fairfield helped establish medical colleges elsewhere. Fairfield could not compete with these new colleges, and, in spite of its influence, held its last classes in 1840,
Fairfield Academy flourished before the Civil War as a "classical academy and female collegiate institute." It trained teachers and prepared students for college. On the serene hillside campus were laboratories, classrooms, dormitories and the old chapel. By the end of the 19th century, as a result of new transportation
Erected 1969 by New York State Historic Trust, Central New Yorl State Parks Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Science & Medicine.
Location. 43° 8.286′ N, 74° 54.801′ W. Marker is in Fairfield, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker is on Hard Scrabble Road north of U.S. 29, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middleville NY 13406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fairfield Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maltanner Creek (approx. half a mile away); Middleville War Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial in Middleville (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fenner Farm (approx. 3˝ miles away); John Faville (approx. 3˝ miles away); Bell Purchased 7 May 1831 (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfield.
Also see . . . Fairfield Academy. (Submitted on July 22, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 85 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.