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Excelsior and its Academy

 
 
Excelsior and its Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 10, 2014
1. Excelsior and its Academy Marker
Inscription. Excelsior was the cultural center of Bulloch County in the late 1800s before it became part of Candler County. It was founded in 1875 on land donated by Jimerson Kennedy, Remer Franklin, W.W. Olliff, Dr. Jeff Williams, and John G. Jones. These founders desired to build a “good and permanent school” for their children, so they funded the construction of Excelsior Academy. It was built in a place thought of as the town square, surrounded by oak and pine trees. It attracted students from nearby areas who boarded with community members during the school term. Its teachers were often affiliated with the Baptist church in town. The town academy drew newcomers to Excelsior, which grew after its establishment.

The Excelsior News (1877) became the first newspaper in Bulloch County and also served people in neighboring areas. Olliff’s General Store on the outskirts of town was another community staple. After nearby areas grew due to railroad construction in the early 1900s, they siphoned off the population of Excelsior. The academy became a primary school in a sparsely populated town.
 
Erected by The Bulloch County Historical Society, sponsored by the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.
 
Location. 32° 18.817′ N,
Excelsior and its Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 10, 2014
2. Excelsior and its Academy Marker
Looking east on Dutch Ford Road from Excelsior Church Road
81° 57.917′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Georgia, in Candler County. Marker is at the intersection of Excelsior Church Road (County Route 49) and Dutch Ford Road (County Route 195), on the left when traveling south on Excelsior Church Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski GA 30451, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oliff, Rushing, Durrence House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Sunbury Road (approx. 4.5 miles away); Pulaski, Georgia (approx. 5.3 miles away); Croatan Indian Community (approx. 5.5 miles away); Register, Georgia (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Old Sunbury Road (approx. 8 miles away); Candler County Courthouse (approx. 8.1 miles away); Candler County (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
Regarding Excelsior and its Academy. Candler County was founded in 1914 and included part of what was then Bulloch County.
 
Categories. Education
 
Looking west at the Dutch Ford Road intersection with Excelsior Church Road (running left and right) image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 10, 2014
3. Looking west at the Dutch Ford Road intersection with Excelsior Church Road (running left and right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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