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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rockville Academy

 
 
Rockville Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
1. Rockville Academy Marker
Inscription. In 1805, the Maryland General Assembly appointed a commission to raise money for a school lot and a fire engine for Rockville. The Rockville Academy was chartered and authorized to hire teachers in 1809. In 1812 and 1813, a number of lots were purchased on Jefferson Street, and construction of the original rectangular brick Federal style building was completed in 1813. Tuition was $10 a year, and students obtained room and board elsewhere.

The academy faced Jefferson Street and was five bays long with interior chimneys at either end. The building contained only classrooms. Thirty to 60 young men were enrolled annually, some of whom attended seasonally when farm work was light. They received a secondary school education. The academy was one of two secondary schools in the county.

Rockville Academy continued in the original building until 1890 when it was replaced by the present Queen Anne style school designed and built by Rockville builder Edwin West. Female students were first admitted in 1912. From 1917 to 1935, it housed the Rockville public elementary school for grades 1-3 and later, the Library Association. The building was vacant, deteriorated, and threatened with demolition when it was purchased and renovated for office use in 1980. The City of Rockville purchased the surrounding land with Project Open Space
The Former Rockville Academy image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
2. The Former Rockville Academy
funds for a public park.
 
Erected by City of Rockville, Maryland, and the Rockville Historic District Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850 marker series.
 
Location. 39° 4.963′ N, 77° 9.318′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Adams Street and West Jefferson Street (Maryland Route 28). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prettyman House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Prettyman House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Prettyman House (about 300 feet away); Rockville Baptist Church and Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Hungerford Tavern (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
More about this marker. One of the "Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850" series of markers.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Rockville Walking Tour. (Submitted on January 28, 2006.)
 
Categories. EducationNotable Buildings
 
Academy Building and Jackie Williams Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
3. Academy Building and Jackie Williams Plaque
The grounds of the school is now a city park. This brass plaque set into a stone is the memorial to Ms. Williams. It faces the corner of South Adams and West Jefferson.
Jacqulin Trells Williams Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
4. Jacqulin Trells Williams Memorial Plaque
Rockville. Jacqulin Trells Williams Park. Dedicated in Memory of Jackie Williams. Through her efforts the Rockville Academy Building and this open space have been preserved for the enjoyment of all. By the Major and Council of Rockville, Douglas W. Duncan, Major; James F. Coyle; James T. Warrinan; Viola D. Hovsepian; David Robbins; Broce Romer, City Manager; Sharon Gran, City Clerk; Gregory A. Bayor, Director of Recreation and Parks.
Side of Building Facing West Jefferson Street image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
5. Side of Building Facing West Jefferson Street
Back Facade Facing Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
6. Back Facade Facing Parking Lot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,236 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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