Salem Academy

Salem Academy (HM28CJ)

Location: South Salem, OH 45681 Ross County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 20.175', W 83° 18.627'

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Presbyterian minister Hugh Stewart Fullerton
asked his congregation in 1841: "Shall we
endeavor to form an academy to provide better
educational advantages to the young citizens
of this remote community?" Predating the founding of the town of South Salem, the Salem
Academy was built and opened in 1842, its
stone coming from a quarry south of Green
field. Its primary purpose was to prepare
ministers and teachers for the West. Professor
J. A. Lowes served as principal during the
"golden age" of the academy from 1848 to 1858.

The Chillicothe Presbytery controlled the Salem
Academy from 1859 to 1907. During this period
it functioned as a junior college, with its students going on to other institutions after a
two-year term. Attendance dropped significantly
during the Civil War while many students served
in the Union Army. By the time the academy
closed in 1907, more than 1,50O students—including three U.S. congressmen and Governor
Joseph B. Foraker—had received instruction here.
Serving since as a community building, it was
added to the National Register of Historic
Places in 1979.
HM NumberHM28CJ
Year Placed2001
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Village of South Salem, the Save Committee, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-71.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 300873 N 4356637
Decimal Degrees39.33625000, -83.31045000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 20.175', W 83° 18.627'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 20' 10.5" N, 83° 18' 37.62" W
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Area Code(s)740, 937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001-3041 Church St, South Salem OH 45681, US
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