Rabun Gap in Rabun County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Rabun Gap – Nacoochee School
Andrew Jackson Ritchie, 1868 – 1948, Founder
In 1903 he founded the Rabun Gap Industrial School and in 1917 originated the “Farm Plan,” by which entire families work their way through school. The school operated independently until 1926, when it merged with the Nacoochee Institute, a school owned and supported by the Presbyterian Synod of Georgia. Under Dr. Ritchie’s presidency, the new school, chartered in 1927 and named Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, acquired more land, larger dormitories and classrooms, and began new educational programs.
Dr. Ritchie, whose unique approach to education has attracted strong financial support, served as President of the school until his retirement in 1939. In 1948, the year of his death, his “Sketches of Rabun County History” was published.
Dr. Ritchie, educator, scholar, and historian, is buried on the hill overlooking this school which his complete devotion created.
Erected 1967 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 119-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission
Location. 34° 57.793′ N, 83° 23.318′ W. Marker is in Rabun Gap, Georgia, in Rabun County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 441) and Nacoochee Drive on Main Street. Touch for map. The marker stands at the entrance to the school on US 441. Marker is in this post office area: Rabun Gap GA 30568, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brig·Gen·Francis·S·Bartow·C·S·A· (approx. 0.4 miles away); York House Inn (approx. 1.8 miles away); Cherokee Defeat (approx. 3.8 miles away in North Carolina); Cherokee Victory (approx. 5½ miles away in North Carolina); The Rabun County Courthouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Rabun County War Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Rabun County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Robert H. “Bob” Vickers 1908 - 1984 (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rabun Gap.
Regarding Rabun Gap – Nacoochee School. Foxfire Magazine, later a series of books and a movie about life in the mountains of North Georgia, originated at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in 1967.
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Also see . . . Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. The Wikipedia entry for the school. (Submitted on February 28, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 861 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 26, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.