Guilford District 10: Guilford Center – The Academy, Part III

In the continuing historical documentation of the Guilford Center Academy this writer was most fortunate to have forwarded to her a copy of the following which I am sure will prove to be most interesting. It is copied as it was received, and partially repetitive of what has been written previously.


Being an Account of the Founding and Early Days of GUILFORD CENTER ACADEMY

Copied from the Original Minute Book

Inscription in Front of Book: A. Dickinson, Guilford, New York

“A true Record of the original Subscription for Guilford Center Academy with the names of the Subscribers and the amount of their Subscriptions.”

WHEREAS, the committee appointed for the purpose of the Centre School district have reported that it is expedient to build by subscription a house of the following description:

The lower room to be devoted exclusively to the use of a common school: The upper room to be used for a Select School and different publick meeting, of a more religious and literary nature, and for the accommodation of persons attending meeting on the Sabbath: but a Select School at all times to have the preference. The lower room to be under control of the trustees of said district. The upper room to controled (sic) by three trustees to be appointed by the subscribers and any person or persons wishing to occupy said room shall first obtain leave of said trustees. Said House to be 56 by 24 feet; 20 foot posts, chimney in read and with one fire plane (place) above, and one below, 8 feet space or entry way in front, two front doors, one for stairway for upper room, and one for lower room. Space way to be separated by partition; Both rooms suitable lighted, and a Corrinthian window in front; lower room to be done off with desks for writers, and about five moveable settees, and in all respects finished suitable and convenient for a common school. The upper room to be finished with Seats, and the Sides attached to the wall, with staging or circular tables in one end, and desk in front suitable for a Select School. The floors double of good materials, the walls to be lathed and plastered, the top to be finished with a cupola, and furnished with a cast steel bell of about 25 pounds. The outside to be painted white and the inside dark slate or blue. The windows furnished with green Venitian blinds.

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