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Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Early Education

 
 
Early Education Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, September 7, 2020
1. Early Education Marker
Inscription.  Rochester's first public school was built south of here on Fitzhugh Street. The Free Academy Building, built in 1875, now occupies the site. The central school library in the free academy served the public and students from 1863 to 1904. Growing commercial activity prompted the school district to open East High in 1903 and West High in 1905. The Rochester Athenaeum was organized in 1829. Mechanic's Institute (organized in 1885) absorbed the Rochester Athenaeum in 1891. The Rochester Institute of Technology developed from the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanic's Institute. In 1877, Mortimer Reynolds purchased the Athenaeum books, which became the nucleus of his reference library, then part of the Rochester Public Library. The University of Rochester and Colgate Rochester Divinity School had their beginning in the United States Hotel at 216 West Main Street (1850-1861).
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
 
Location. 43° 9.331′ N, 77° 36.833′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection
Early Education Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, September 7, 2020
2. Early Education Marker
The marker is directly across the street from the Gordon A. Howe County Office Building.
of Main Street and Fitzhugh Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 W Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614, Rochester NY 14614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Luke's Episcopal Church (a few steps from this marker); County of Monroe (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe County (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Rochester (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer School (within shouting distance of this marker); The Underground Railroad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powers and Wilder Buildings (about 400 feet away); Broad Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
Overview Looking Southwest image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, September 12, 2020
3. Overview Looking Southwest
In the distance you can see the Free Academy Building that occupies the space of the original school described in the marker text.
The Free Academy Building image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, June 30, 2020
4. The Free Academy Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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