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Vidalia Academy

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
1. Vidalia Academy Marker
Inscription.   Herod W. Williams was concerned about the education of his children as were many parents in Latta. With the help of farm hands Allen constructed a one room school on his property. When the school opened in 1877 there were fifteen students who paid an annual tuition of $3.50. Two years later the school was moved to the other side of Latta to lands donated by Dr. F.M. Monroe in hopes of increasing the student enrollment. In time the enrollment did increase creating the need for the addition of a second room in 1883. By 1898 the enrollment in the school had exceeded its capacity and a new three room school was built and the doors of Vidalia were closed.

  The story of Vidalia does not end here. From its closing until around 1950 the building served as a Methodist assembly hall, a sharecropper dwelling and later a chicken coop. Over the next decade and a half it fell into disrepair and later moved to the site of the old Latta High School where it was renovated. Its journey was not complete. The building was to be moved again and stored when the high school was rebuilt. Under the watchful eyes of LaFon and Cindy LeGette the school was again renovated and has been loaned to the town of Latta and has become an integral part of this town park.
 
Erected by Town Council Latta S.C.
 
Location.
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2. Lower left photo
Vidalia Acasdemy 1898 This School photograph is probably the last taken of the students at Vidalia. It closed its doors that year.
34° 20.321′ N, 79° 26.039′ W. Marker is in Latta, South Carolina, in Dillon County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 917). Touch for map. Located in the small park, between North Marion Street and North Mauldin Street. Marker is in this post office area: Latta SC 29565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Post Office and General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Earl Atkinson, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Latta Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Latta Library: A Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Dillon County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Latta's Railroad Story (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Edwards House (about 600 feet away); Catfish Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Latta.
 
Categories. Education
 
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3. Upper center picture
Pictured above is Dr. F.M. Monroe and an unidentified person with the Vidalia Academy building at its new location c. 1879.
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4. Center left picture
This photograph of Vidalia in disrepair appeared in a local newspaper article prior to renovation in 1966. (lower)
Workers put finishing touches on the restored Vidalia building in this 1966 article from the Dillon Herald. Note the Latta High School to left of picture.
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5. Lower Right Pictures
(L) Vidalia restoration completed- from article in Charleston Post and Courier September 15, 1966
(R) Vidalia Academy on property belong to LaFon and Cindy LeGette prior to removal to the park.
Vidalia Academy and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
6. Vidalia Academy and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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