Historic Markers Across Georgia

Walnut Hill Academy

Marker ID: GHM 157-28
Location: Ga 17 about 3.7 miles north of Washington, GA
County: Wilkes
Coordinates: N 33° 47.48    W 082° 45.433
  33.79134    -82.75722
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6RY9
Walnut Hill Academy  Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


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; 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.

GHN 157-28 Georgia Historical Commission 1958

Walnut Hill Academy
Photo by David Seibert