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Orleans in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Academy Place

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, September 19, 2019
1. Academy Place Marker
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This small unassuming patch of land harbors two treasures in the rich historical fabric of our town, the Rock Harbor Academy and the original Snow Library.

Rock Harbor Academy
In 1827, a group of citizens who wanted a place of higher learning in the town established what is now referred to as Rock Harbor Academy. This private school was to instruct students who had completed the Towns public schools were also trained here. The Academy building was simple, with a classroom on the first floor and an assembly hall on the second. When the Academy was discontinued in the mid 1850s, the building was moved to River Rd, where it still stands as a private residence.

Snow Library
In 1876, David Snow bequeathed to Orleans the sum of $5000 for a public library “to be open to people of said town, at all proper hours , to be called Snow’s Library.” This bequest required the Town
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By Brandon D Cross, September 19, 2019
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to provide a suitable building with proper conveniences to accommodate its citizens. The Town chose this site, just in front of the former Rock Harbor Academy, and constructed an English Gothic building of sandstone and brick in 1877. A portion of David Snow’s bequest was used to purchase books.
This landmark burned to the ground on the evening of February 25, 1952 during an intense blizzard. In less than 3 weeks, Snow Library reopened in the home of Frank H. Snow at the junction of routes 6A and 28, with more than 1000 books donated from libraries and people all over New England and as far as away as Africa and Hawaii. After intense work by the Trustees and a building committee, the library that stands on the Village Green across the street was erected. The building was dedicated on July 4, 1954.
 
Erected by Orleans Community Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationEntertainment.
 
Location. 41° 47.155′ N, 69° 59.237′ W. Marker is in Orleans, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is at the intersection of Main St and Academy Pl, on the right when traveling west on Main St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orleans MA 02653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orleans Korean War and Vietnam War Memorial (a few
Marker Detail: Snow Library image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 19, 2019
3. Marker Detail: Snow Library
steps from this marker); Orleans Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Orleans War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Incorporation of Orleans (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orleans’ First Resident? (about 400 feet away); Origins of Orleans (about 400 feet away); The French Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, 1898 (about 700 feet away); French–Atlantic Cable Company (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orleans.
 
Marker Detail: Rock Harbor Academy image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 19, 2019
4. Marker Detail: Rock Harbor Academy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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