Wayne County Seminary

Wayne County Seminary (HM29JE)

Location: Centerville, IN 47330 Wayne County
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N 39° 49.059', W 84° 59.886'

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Old School Site on the National Road

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Non-denominational academies called county seminaries opened across Indiana soon after statehood. Wayne County Seminary opened at present day Spruce and School Streets in 1829 and by 1835 offered elementary to collegiate level classes for male and female students. Several students became prominent citizens, including author Lew Wallace and politician Oliver P. Morton.
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By 1849, the co-educational school became the White Water Female College and Academy. Over the following decades the school changed administration and names (White Water College, c. 1850, Centerville Collegiate Institute, 1865) but continued to flourish with over 200 students. The institution was converted to a public school c. 1870 and destroyed by fire, 1891.
HM NumberHM29JE
Year Placed2018
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, H. Clay & J. Rariden, and the Centerville-Center Township Public Library
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 671341 N 4409435
Decimal Degrees39.81765000, -84.99810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.059', W 84° 59.886'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 3.5399999999998" N, 84° 59' 53.16" W
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Area Code(s)765
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 203 US-40, Centerville IN 47330, US
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