Near Graham in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1971 by State Department of Archives and History. (Marker Number G-55.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
Location. 36° 1.694′ N, 79° 20.759′ W. Marker is near Graham, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 54 and State Highway 119, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 54. Located in front of Alexander Wilson Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2518 Highway 54, Graham NC 27253, 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. John Butler (approx. 1.1 miles away); W. Kerr Scott (approx. 1.2 miles away); Johnston Moves West (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hawfields Church (approx. 3.1 miles Graham College (approx. 4 miles away); Kirk-Holden War (approx. 4 miles away); Captain James W. White House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Originally a Wing of the Union Hotel (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Graham.
Regarding Alexander Wilson. Dr. Alexander Wilson was a presbyterian minister who emigrated from Ireland in 1818 and settled in Raleigh, N.C. He was a teacher and principal at several boys' schools, including the Caldwell Institute located at Greensboro, N.C., 1836-1845. The Caldwell Institute moved to Hillsborough, N.C., where it operated 1845-1850.
Dr. Wilson moved to Alamance County and opened a private school, Melville Academy. It operated in the Hawfields area from 1851 to 1867. The school was closed after Dr. Wilson's death in 1867.
The current Alexander Wilson School was established in 1922 and has served as both a high school and elementary school.
A collection of Alexander Wilson's papers is held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Reverend Alexander Wilson, D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) is buried at Hawfields
His tombstone states that he was born 1 Feb 1799, near Belfast, Ireland. He died 22 Jul 1867.
Additional keywords. Mebane, Hawfields, Melville, Burlington, Swepsonville, Saxapahaw, Haw River
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,484 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.