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In early 1802 the Reverend Thomas E. Hughes, a graduate of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University), was authorized by Presbyterian Church officials to establish a preparatory school in a wilderness area along the Little Beaver Creek. Hughes began fundraising efforts and a small building, sometimes called the “Old Stonepile,” was soon erected in the center of what became the village of Greersburg (later Darlington). The new Greersburg Academy provided young men with advanced classes in such fields of study as astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. The school’s alumni include famous abolitionist John Brown, future Pennsylvania governor John W. Geary, school textbook guru William H. McGuffey, and soldier and physician Daniel Leasure. (c1915) Full Size
The academy closed for a time in the 1860’s but I believe was opened for most of the 1870’s.In 1883 the building was sold to a railroad company and saw longtime service as a railroad station. Meanwhile, the academy trustees purchased a new brick building (shown above) a few blocks away and operated the academy until it finally closed in the early 1900’s. The second building was then utilized as a public schoolhouse until 1956. Both of the Academy buildings were acquired by the Little Beaver Historical Society in the 1960’s and converted into museums. (c1912) Full Size
The original building (shown above) housing the Greersburg Academy was sold in 1883 and saw longtime service as a railroad station. (c1975) Full Size
The original building, acquired by the Little Beaver Historical Society in the 1960’s, was converted into a museum and still serves in that capacity today. (May 2013) Full Size
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This building served as the second home of the Greersburg Academy in the 1880’s until it closed in the early 1900’s. It was then used as a public schoolhouse until 1956. It is currently owned by the Little Beaver Historical Society. (Jan 2017) Full Size
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