The English School

The English School (HMDTF)

Location: Walhalla, SC 29691 Oconee County
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N 34° 45.905', W 83° 4.148'

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Walhalla, in what was Pickens District until Oconee County was created in 1868, was founded by the German Colonization Society of Charleston in 1850 and boasted as many as 500 German settlers by 1855. The first school offering instruction in English opened in a frame building on Church Street between mid-1850 and late 1852. It was described in January 1853 as "a good English school on the square attended by twenty German Children."

Prof. G.H.D. Cramer was the first teacher at this elementary school for younger German children. In late 1853, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church was formally organized with Rev. Carl F. Bansemer as its first pastor and as professor at the English school. Bansemer was also professor of a classical academy founded in 1857. When he left Walhalla in 1860, Prof. Cramer resumed teaching at the English school and remained until his death in 1874.
Marker Number37-15
Year Placed2007
Placed ByOconee County Arts & Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 12:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 310635 N 3848942
Decimal Degrees34.76508333, -83.06913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 45.905', W 83° 4.148'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 45' 54.30" N, 83° 4' 8.88" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7265 S Church St, Walhalla SC 29691, US
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