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General Sumter Memorial Academy 1905 - 1911

Marker ID: SCHM 43-14
Location: SC 441 at Hillcrest, 11 miles NW of Sumter
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 59.463    W 080° 30.941
  33.99105    -80.51568333
Style: Free Standing **


(Front) General Sumter Memorial Academy 1905 - 1911
This forerunner of the modern consolidated rural high school with Colonel John Julius Dargan, noted educator, as founder and principal, offered classes in agriculture, home economics, and music. Day students from four districts were transported by mule - drawn covered wagons.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission - 1963

(Reverse) General Sumter Memorial Academy
Acton, built in 1803 on this site by the Kinloch family, housed the Academy from 1905 until 1911 when the building burned. In 1908 the U. S. Department of Agriculture established one of the earliest school demonstration farms here. J. Frank Williams, agriculture teacher, later became the first Sumter County Farm agent.

Sponsored by Academy Faculty and Alumni - 1963


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