Walnut Hill Academy, one of the famous schools of its time, was established in 1788 by the Rev. John Springer, in a building erected close to his house on this plantation. Among the Students taught by Mr. Springer at the Academy were John Forsyth, afterward Governor of Georgia, Member of Congress, and U.S. Minister to Spain; Nicolas Ware, Senator from Georgia; Jesse Mercer, founder of Mercer University and one of the State's leading Baptist ministers. The Rev. Hope Hull, noted Methodist minister, was for some time assistant to the Rev. Mr. Springer at Walnut Hill Academy.