Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bonny Oaks School

 
 
Bonny Oaks School Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 27, 2007
1. Bonny Oaks School Marker
Inscription.
A Hamilton County Institution
Founded 1896

      Authorized by Act of the General Assembly, 1895. The first Board of Trustees met March 7th 1896. Present were the Reverend J.W. Bachman, President: Major Charles D. McGuffy, Secretary: J.S. Bell, Treasurer; Judge Seth M. Walker; and Squire L.W. Bates.
      On January 4th, 1898 the Col. Jarrett G. Dent plantation, later known as “Bonnie Oaks Farm at Jersey,” was purchased. J.C. Kalleen was engaged as first superintendent. The first student was admitted February 22, 1898 “at the request of his mother, his father being dead.”
      The Negro Department was opened April 28th, 1898.
      July 31, 1899 a deed to the adjoining Trimble farm was presented to the School by Z. C. Patten, Sr. for a Girls’ Department.

“MIGHTY OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW!”

 
Erected by Bonny Oaks School.
 
Location. 35° 4.427′ N, 85° 10.957′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Bonny Oaks Drive (Tennessee Route 317), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5114 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga TN 37416, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bonny Oaks School Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 27, 2007
2. Bonny Oaks School Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee Valley Railroad And Museum (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cleburne's Fort (approx. 1˝ miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Lowrey's Brigade (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cleburne's Division (approx. 3.1 miles away); Polk's Brigade (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Cleburne's Division (approx. 3.1 miles away); Giles A. Smith's Brigade (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Also see . . .  Official, non-profit website created for the boys and girls of the former Bonny Oaks School. (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable Buildings
 
Bonny Oaks School Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 27, 2007
3. Bonny Oaks School Marker
Dent Plantation Home image. Click for full size.
By Prof Photographer for set of postcards, circa 1960's
4. Dent Plantation Home
The Dent Plantation Home was the focal point of Bonny Oaks School. It housed the children's home Superintendent's throughout the school's 90 year history.
Bonny Oaks Elementary School image. Click for full size.
circa 1960's
5. Bonny Oaks Elementary School
The school had 3 classrooms (two grades per room and teacher), a music room with a piano and the boys/girls restrooms. Later became a gymnasium when all students were sent to public schools.
Bonny Oaks Office Building image. Click for full size.
By Prof Photographer for set of postcards, circa 1960's
6. Bonny Oaks Office Building
The office building was originally used as the white boys building. In the 1950's, until closing, the downstairs rooms were used as the Superintendent's office, secretary's office, the Librarian's living area, and it had a complete library for the children to study and do homework. The upstairs rooms were occasionally occupied by substitute houseparents and the cooks living area.
Bonny Oaks Clinic image. Click for full size.
By Prof Photographer for set of postcards, circa 1960's
7. Bonny Oaks Clinic
The clinic was fully equipped to handle minor emergencies, beds for 4 to 6 sick children, the dentist room, an examining/shots room, a 24-hour nurse on duty, nurse bedroom and two bathrooms. The Clinic stood to the left of the Superintendent's home.
Bonny Oaks Chapel image. Click for full size.
1930's
8. Bonny Oaks Chapel
The Bonny Oaks Chapel was the dream of the Superintendent's wife, Mrs. William (Lucy Beall) Keese, who was also called the "Mother of Bonny Oaks". Through her dream and other's generous donations, the chapel was erected for her Bonny Oaks children in 1926. These are only a few of the Bonny Oaks buildings of which only three are left standing today. The 324 acres have been transformed into a business park. If you would like to see and learn more, please visit the children's home website, www.bonnyoaks.org
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 2,921 times since then and 101 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week February 17, 2008. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   4, 5, 6. submitted on February 4, 2008, by Christine Haven of Houston, Texas.   7, 8. submitted on February 5, 2008, by Christine Haven of Houston, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement