Guilford District #10: Guilford Center, The Academy Part II

Continuing the diversified history of the above educational institution, with the establishment of the subscribers a later meeting was held to elect a proper Board of Trustees consisting of eight prominent citizens of the township. Daniel T. Dickinson was chosen President, Daniel S. Dickinson chosen as clerk with the remaining six chosen was John Latham, Dauphin Murray, Rufus Baldwin, Calvin Milles and Phineas Atwater.

A site was chosen for the building that being as written in the previous article opposite the Presbyterian Church and adjacent to the Guilford Creek. The land was owned by Rufus Baldwin who donated the site for a token of fifty cents. This monetary amount was chosen as it was required that money be exchanged to make the sale completely legal.

By the year 1829 the building was completed and the final touch was made in November of that same year. A meeting by the Trustees resulted in a gentleman by the name of Howard Dresser be retained as the first teacher. His salary was a meager amount by today’s standards being $75 for a year and given room and board. Mr. Dresser would continue to serve as a full time educator for three years before giving way to other teachers.

The Academy continued to serve a three-fold purpose that being it housed the Common School District #10 on the first floor and the Select Academy on the second floor. Additionally it continued to serve as a meeting place for at least two churches, one of which was the Christ Episcopal Church later to be erected in the village proper, still later to be destroyed by fire and to be replaced with the structure we see today in the village, though not serving as a religious edifice now. The second religious society to use this Academy building was the Second Methodist Church or Society of Guilford. Still later this Society would erect their own edifice around the corner on the is now known as Marble Road. Still later after the closing of this religious edifice, it would remain vacant, later to be purchased by a private individual and torn down for the site of the Town of Guilford Town Barn and Town Offices. An update this site has now been abandoned as a Town Barn with the new facilities located still further down the Marble Road (this being the old County Road 36).

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