Tag Archives: North Georgia Schoolhouses

Stilesboro Academy, 1859, Bartow County

Stilesboro was incorporated in 1866 and retained that distinction until 1995. It was named for Savannah attorney William Henry Stiles, who served in Congress and the Georgia House of Representatives.

A high school was established here in the late 1850s and the community raised funds and completed the present structure in 1859. It was the center of the community and during the Civil War was used for sewing Confederate uniforms. Though it is likely apocryphal, a legend persists that in May 1864 Sherman spared the Academy due to an interior inscription: Deo ac Patriae [God and Country]. [I say it’s likely apocryphal because there’s a story like this for nearly every surviving antebellum building in the South].

The Stilesboro Improvement Club, a woman’s benevolent society, lobbied to save the old Academy when a new school was built nearby, and has owned the building since the school closed in 1939-1940. Formed in 1910, the club, at the suggestion of Miss Campie Hawkins, began holding an annual chrysanthemum show in 1912. The Stilesboro Chrysanthemum Show continues to be a popular event, 108 years later. It has taken place every year, except during the Great Influenza (1918) and World War II (1942).

The Etowah Valley Historical Society notes that research on the history of the Academy is incomplete.

 

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Schoolhouse, Talbot County

 

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New Bethel School, Veazey

I’ve only been able to determine that this was a schoolhouse associated with New Bethel A. M. E. Church at Leslie Mill. The style indicates early 20th century construction. It’s a significant historical school, from a time when churches set the standard for the education of African-American children.

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Filed under --GREENE COUNTY GA--, Veazey GA

Good Hope School, 1914, Walton County

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Schoolhouse, Sharon

This was originally the school for the Sharon-Raytown community but for many years has been home to the Sharon-Raytown Garden Club, the second oldest such organization in the state, and serves as the de facto community center for the area.

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Filed under --TALIAFERRO COUNTY GA--, Sharon GA

Grange Schoolhouse, Gibson

I had a nice visit with Mr. Usry, who owns this property. He noted that it was moved to this location many years ago after serving as the schoolhouse for the community of Grange, in Jefferson County. It’s been used as a storage facility for many years.

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Filed under --GLASCOCK COUNTY GA--, Gibson GA

Mount Airy School, 1921

The wonderful old Mount Airy School has been restored and now houses the offices of the Mount Airy Police Department and the Georgia Crime Information Center. An auditorium on the upper level served as the entertainment center for the area and hosted traveling shows, including many early stars of the Grand Ole Opry. The school closed in 1955.

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Filed under --HABERSHAM COUNTY GA--, Mount Airy GA

Boneville School, 1920, McDuffie County

Frankye Crawford writes: My twin Aunts Ruby and Ruth Johnson taught school here and piano lessons in the 1920’s. Later it became The Home Demonstration Club and after that it was used for the church children’s Sunday School Classes. I attended this Church for a long time Boneville will always be home to me.

 

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Filed under --McDUFFIE COUNTY GA--, Boneville GA

Amity School, 1904, Lincoln County

One of Georgia’s nicest extant rural schoolhouses, Amity served the children of the community from 1904-1943, while the second floor has served as the Masonic Lodge. It is still in use today by the Amity Community Club.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --LINCOLN COUNTY GA--, Amity GA

Little Creek Schoolhouse, Circa 1870, Buchanan

Relocated from the Little Creek community where it had stood unused since 1932, this was donated to the Haralson County Historical Society in 2006. It is the last remaining of 23 such facilities that once served over a thousand students in the county from Reconstruction until World War II.

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Filed under --HARALSON COUNTY GA--, Buchanan GA