Knox Hill Academy

Knox Hill Academy (HM112R)

Location: Ponce De Leon, FL 32455 Walton County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 38.497', W 85° 57.461'

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The Knox Hill Academy, a boarding school, was founded in 1848 by the Rev. John Newton (April 22, 1814 - Nov. 21, 1871), who was also the head master and a Presbyterian minister. It was first located near a spring northeast of the Morrison Place on Knox Hill. The original sponsors were the Campbells, McLeans, Gunns, Morrisons, Gillies, McCaskills, McPhersons, and McDonalds. It replaced the log Henry School House. The first building was a split log house built on the top of a hill and furnished with single desks and blackboards. Slates and chalk were used for writing. Eighty-four to 100 regular pupils attended. In January 1859 the academy was moved to a large, two-story frame building north of the original site. Class for older students was held on the second floor and the younger students on the first floor. This academy was highly acclaimed and provided education for students from West Florida, Southwest Georgia and Southern Alabama, from Pensacola to Tallahassee. It also included a laboratory for chemistry and physics. Reverend John Newton closed Knox Hill Academy in 1871 and moved to Mary Esther where he opened a school. Reverend Newton's motto was: "You must learn and obey."

A Florida Heritage Site
HM NumberHM112R
Marker NumberF-623
Year Placed2008
Placed ByWalton County Board of Commissioners and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 9:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 599878 N 3390348
Decimal Degrees30.64161667, -85.95768333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 38.497', W 85° 57.461'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 38' 29.82" N, 85° 57' 27.66" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3781 Knox Hill Rd, Ponce De Leon FL 32455, US
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