Meson Academy

Meson Academy (HMHB9)

Location: Lexington, GA 30648 Oglethorpe County
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N 33° 52.183', W 83° 6.485'

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Francis Meson (1761-1806), an Irishman and "wandering schoolteacher," became a rich merchant in Lexington. He bequeathed $8,000.00 for an academy building and valuable property for an endowment, "the income to be used forever for the benefit of the teachers." His executors erected a building, excelled among Georgia educational structures only by Franklin College, the sole building at the University of Georgia at that time.

In 1825 a Female Department was added under the direction of the Rev. Thomas Goulding. The income from the endowment was liquidated when a new building was constructed in 1896. In 1917, Lexington voted a school tax and Meson Academy became a free school. In 1920 it became the Oglethorpe County High School.

The first rector or principal of the academy was the Rev. Francis Cummins. Of the outstanding educators who followed him, Thomas Britton Moss served from 1849 through the difficult War and Reconstruction periods until 1889. Some of Georgia's most eminent men were on the Meson Academy Board of Trustees: William H. Crawford, George R. Gilmer, Joseph Henry Lumpkin, Thomas W. Cobb.
HM NumberHMHB9
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number109-7
Year Placed1959
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 305009 N 3749710
Decimal Degrees33.86971667, -83.10808333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 52.183', W 83° 6.485'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 52' 10.98" N, 83° 6' 29.10" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214 Church St, Lexington GA 30648, US
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