South Salem in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Presbyterian minister Hugh Stewart Fullerton asked his congregation in 1841: “Shall we endeavor to form an academy to provide better educational advantages to the young citizens of this remote community?” Predating the founding of the town of South Salem, the Salem Academy was built and opened in 1842, its stone coming from a quarry south of Green field. Its primary purpose was to prepare ministers and teachers for the West. Professor J. A. Lowes served as principal during the “golden age” of the academy from 1848 to 1858.
The Chillicothe Presbytery controlled the Salem Academy from 1859 to 1907. During this period it functioned as a junior college, with its students going on to other institutions after a two-year term. Attendance dropped significantly during the Civil War while many students served in the Union Army. By the time the academy closed in 1907, more than 1,50O students—including three U.S. congressmen and Governor Joseph B. Foraker—had received instruction here. Serving since as a community building, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Village of South Salem, the Save Committee, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-71.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education.
Location. 39° 20.175′ N, 83° 18.627′ W. Marker is in South Salem, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4297 Broadway St, South Salem OH 45681, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Travellers Rest Inn (approx. 3.8 miles away); Smith Tannery (approx. 3.8 miles away); B&O and DT&I Railroad Depots (approx. 3.9 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Corner Pharmacy (approx. 4 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Greenfield, Ohio, Timeline (approx. 4 miles away); The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. “ Students were able to enroll in preparatory and normal departments; included in the curriculum were courses on mathematics, various sciences, and English, all of which (Submitted on June 10, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Last updated on October 18, 2020, by Robert Baughman of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on July 3, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.