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School Days in the Waxhaws

 
 
School Days in the Waxhaws Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
1. School Days in the Waxhaws Marker
Inscription. When Andrew Jackson was a boy, he attended log-cabin schools much like this replica. In this backcountry region of devout, hard working Scotch-Irish immigrants, most children learned enough at local "common" schools to read the Bible and run their farms. Ambitious parents like Andrew's mother, Elizabeth, paid a schoolmaster for advanced classes at Waxhaw Academy. Here Andy and his classmates studied Greek and Latin as preparation for careers in law, medicine, or the church. In 1780-81, the Revolutionary War devastated the Waxhaws. An orphan and wounded ex-prisoner-of-war by age 14, Andrew finished school in the nearby New Acquisition District, then moved to North Carolina to study law.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 50.454′ N, 80° 48.426′ W. Marker is in Van Wyck, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Andrew Jackson State Park Road 0.3 miles east of U.S. 521. Touch for map. Marker is in Andrew Jackson State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Van Wyck SC 29744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Andrew Jackson State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Andrew Jackson State Park Museum
School Days in the Waxhaws Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
2. School Days in the Waxhaws Marker
The Waxhaw Academy was a log schoolhouse next to the Meeting House where boys studied the under the direction of William Humphries and later James White Stephenson at the only backcountry academy.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Heart of the Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Andrew Jackson Monument (about 300 feet away); Jackson Comes Home (about 300 feet away); The Boy of the Waxhaws (about 300 feet away); Andrew Jackson State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Andrew Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Wyck.
 
Categories. Education
 
School Days in the Waxhaws Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 5, 2016
3. School Days in the Waxhaws Marker
School Days in the Waxhaws Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 5, 2016
4. School Days in the Waxhaws Marker
Schoolhouse replica image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
5. Schoolhouse replica
Schoolhouse replica image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
6. Schoolhouse replica
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 853 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on October 28, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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