Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Fisk Female Academy

Marker ID: THC 2D 33
Location: on Hilham Highway west of Old Standing Stone Rd, Livingston, TN
County: Overton
Coordinates: N 36° 24.55    W 085° 26
  36.40916666    -85.43333333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


In 1806, the first school for females in the South opened near this site. Its charter was granted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1805. Educator Moses Fisk and Sampson Williams each donated 1,000 acres for its use. The building burned in 1817, was rebuilt and used as a school for males. Fisk operated the academy until shortly before his death in 1843.