Sidney Lanier/Prattville Male and Female Academy Site

Sidney Lanier/Prattville Male and Female Academy Site (HM1CCI)

Location: Prattville, AL 36067 Autauga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.81', W 86° 28.113'

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Sidney Lanier

The poet and musician, born in Macon, Georgia, was Academy principal in 1867-68. He married Mary H. Day of Macon in December 1867. In Prattville, they lived at the Mims Hotel and later in Dr. S.P. Smith's home.

Following a brief legal career in Georgia, Lanier became first flutist in 1873 with the Peabody Orchestra in Baltimore and in 1879 was appointed as lecturer in English Literature at Johns Hopkins University.

He wrote the words for the American Centennial Cantata and his poetry includes, "The Marshes of Glynn" and "Song of the Chattahoochee." The poet's experiments with musical sound in verse were a significant literary contribution.

Lanier died at the age of 39 from the tuberculosis he had contracted as an imprisoned Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore.

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Prattville Male and Female Academy Site

The 1859 Italianate-style brick structure was built by Daniel Pratt. The bell which hung in the belfry above the second floor now may be seen in the school yard on Washington Street. In April 1861 the Prattville Dragoons mustered here before departing for encampment and were presented a silk flag by the young women of the Academy.

In 1927 the original building was replaced by the present structure, one of several in Alabama built on the same plan. The architect is unknown but the design has been attributed to Frank Lockwood.
Year Placed1997
Placed ByHistoric Prattville Redevelopment Authority of City of Prattville and the Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 11:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 549944 N 3591937
Decimal Degrees32.46350000, -86.46855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.81', W 86° 28.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 48.60" N, 86° 28' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 234-236 Wetumpka St, Prattville AL 36067, US
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