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Washington College Academy thru the years
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - east Tennessee, historic, college, school, restoration
Contributed By: Joyce May
Website: http://www.wca1780.org

Washington College Academy thru the years
Founded in 1780 by Samuel Doak, the Washington College Academy was a private Presbyterian educational facility located in Limestone Tennessee. With a colorful history starting as the first organized school west of the mountains, later a college, female institute, a secondary education facility and now an arts and crafts community school, classes are still being taught today. 

The school is undertaking a restoration campaign due to the dire need for preservation of its structures. The grounds comprise roughly 16 structures that still have the original roofing although failing on many of the structures. Efforts are being made to address imminent concerns to the facilities. 

The school sits amongst the beautiful east Tennessee rural hills of Limestone. The historic cemetery on the grounds contains some of the oldest grave markers in the state and the school still maintains an active agricultural presence. The sheep on the farm are said to be direct descendants from Thomas Jefferson's heritage herd. 

The school has several notable alumni, many senators, educators and governors. Greater awareness to this historic gem is necessary for the preservation and ongoing efforts to maintain one of Tennessee's most notable historic properties.


Keywords: east Tennessee, historic, college, school, restoration

Posted: January 25, 2021
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