Vidalia Academy

Vidalia Academy (HMVFO)

Location: Latta, SC 29565 Dillon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 20.321', W 79° 26.039'

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??Herod W. Williams was concerned about the education of his children as were many parents in Latta. With the help of farm hands Allen constructed a one room school on his property. When the school opened in 1877 there were fifteen students who paid an annual tuition of $3.50. Two years later the school was moved to the other side of Latta to lands donated by Dr. F.M. Monroe in hopes of increasing the student enrollment. In time the enrollment did increase creating the need for the addition of a second room in 1883. By 1898 the enrollment in the school had exceeded its capacity and a new three room school was built and the doors of Vidalia were closed.

??The story of Vidalia does not end here. From its closing until around 1950 the building served as a Methodist assembly hall, a sharecropper dwelling and later a chicken coop. Over the next decade and a half it fell into disrepair and later moved to the site of the old Latta High School where it was renovated. Its journey was not complete. The building was to be moved again and stored when the high school was rebuilt. Under the watchful eyes of LaFon and Cindy LeGette the school was again renovated and has been loaned to the town of Latta and has become an integral part of this town park.
Placed ByTown Council Latta S.C
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 644048 N 3800820
Decimal Degrees34.33868333, -79.43398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 20.321', W 79° 26.039'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 20' 19.26" N, 79° 26' 2.34" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 W Main St, Latta SC 29565, US
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