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New Salem in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Salem Academy

 
 
Salem Academy Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
1. Salem Academy Marker, Side 1
Inscription. 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 1979.
 
Erected 2001 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Village of South Salem, the Save Committee, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker
Salem Academy Marker, Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
2. Salem Academy Marker, Side 2
Number 4-71.)
 
Location. 39° 20.175′ N, 83° 18.627′ W. Marker is in New 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 in this post office area: South Salem OH 45681, United States of America.
 
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 were taught from a Christian perspective.” (Submitted on June 10, 2018.) 
 
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Salem Academy and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
3. Salem Academy and Marker
Marker is in profile at in front of the edge of the building.
Brass Plaque to the Left of the Door image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2018
4. Brass Plaque to the Left of the Door
Salem Academy. Founded by Rev. Hugh S. Fullerton. Erected 1842 by Salem Presbyterian Church. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places ☆☆☆☆☆ Restored 1986 through the generosity of Buckskin High School Alumni; Members, South Salem Village; Council and Friends of the Academy. The SAVE Committee.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. 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.
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