Lexington in Oglethorpe County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
In 1825 a Female Department was added under the direction of the Rev. Thomas Goulding. The income from the endowment was liquidated when a new building was constructed in 1896. In 1917, Lexington voted a school tax and Meson Academy became a free school. In 1920 it became the Oglethorpe County High School.
The first rector or principal of the academy was the Rev. Francis Cummins. Of the outstanding educators who followed him, Thomas Britton Moss served from 1849 through the difficult War and Reconstruction periods until 1889. Some of Georgia’s most eminent men were on the Meson Academy Board of Trustees: William H. Crawford, George R. Gilmer, Joseph Henry Lumpkin, Thomas W. Cobb.
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 109-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 52.183′ N, 83° 6.485′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Georgia, in Oglethorpe County. Marker is on Church Street 0 miles west of Academy Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker now stands at a small park, created to honor the Meson Academy. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 E. Church Street, Lexington GA 30648, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Meson Academy (a few steps from this marker); Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Oglethorpe County (approx. 0.2 miles away); James T. Rayle Post No. 123 Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oglethorpe County Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oglethorpe County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Gilmer’s Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
More about this marker. The marker was originally installed on Main Street (US 78) at Mallorysville Road in Lexington.
Categories. • 20th Century • Antebellum South, US • Education •
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