School in the 1800s
Reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic
Grant attended local schools from 1827 to 1838, most of those years in Georgetown and in this building. Public schools as we know them did not exist at the time. This was a private or subscription school. Parents paid a tuition of $1.50 to $2 in cash or crops for their children to attend a 13-week term each winter. The children were needed to work at home the rest of the year.
Grant wrote about his school experience in his memoirs. He remembered that "a single teacher-who was often a man or woman incapable of teaching much, even if they imparted all they know-(taught]...thirty or forty scholars, male and female, from the infant learning the A B C's up to the young lady of eighteen and the boy of twenty, studying the highest branches taught-the three R's, 'Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic."
Grant vividly remembered the discipline applied at the school:
"I can see John D. White-the school-teacher-now, with his long
beech switch always in his hand…Switches were brought in bundles…
by the boys for whose benefit they were intended. Often a whole bundle
would be used up in a single day."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list.
Location. 38° 51.732′ N, 83° 54.186′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is on South Water Street just south of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 S Water St, Georgetown OH 45121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grant Schoolhouse State Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Ulysses Grant (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Creed (approx. ¼ mile away); Georgetown (approx. ¼ mile away); General Thomas Lyon Hamer (approx. ¼ mile away); Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home (approx. ¼ mile away); The Washburn-Dixon Log House (approx. ¼ mile away); Dixon-Washburn Log House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
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