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History from Mike Watson: Adair County's Glenwood Seminary

This installment of History from Mike Watson is one on the Glenwood Seminary. It introduces many Adair Countians to some little know facts about Adair County including the origin of town name 'Bliss,' that there was once a 'Glasgow Road', and that the community once had a good physician, and that, even then, before the establishment of "Rural Route 2," there were 'simple mail communications' for the village.
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By Mike Watson, Adair County Historian

The Glenwood Seminary, was a rarely heard of school operated by the Rev. J.L. Bliss, for whom Bliss, Adair County, was ultimately named. The advertisement which follows was printed in the Adair County News in late August 1898 . . . -Mike Watson

"Glenwood Seminary-- - The third term of Glenwood Seminary will commence on Monday, September 5th, and continue for eight months. The marked success which has attended this school gives evidence of the manner in which it has been conducted. The system pursued is of an entirely practical nature and the very latest method of instruction if followed. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bliss are teachers of long experience the latter having taught for many years in the public schools of Louisville, Ky., and their ability as instructors cannot be questioned.

"Glenwood is located on the Glasgow road, about five miles from Columbia, in one of the best and healthiest neighborhoods of Adair County. It is convenient to both church and Sunday school; and being as it is, so far removed from the contaminating influences of any town, is well calculated to fill the long-felt want in this section for a place of learning where parents can feel safe in the knowledge that their boys and girls are far removed from the temptations of a city or town.

"Board can be obtained at a very low rate in the immediate neighborhood of the school. The very best and purest of fresh and sulphur water is convenient. Prices for tuition are made to suit the hard times, and are within the reach of all. The neighborhood is supplied with a good physician and facilities for mail communications are simple.

"Miss Mattie Taylor, of Columbia, whose reputation as a teacher is so well and favorably established, will have full charge of both instrumental and vocal music; her prices are very moderate for instruction in instrumental music, while instruction in vocal music will be given twice a week, free of charge, to every pupil attending the Seminary.

"Parents who wish to educate their children and who feel they would like to send them to a peaceful and quiet place to do so, can find no place better adapted to the purpose than Glenwood Seminary.

"For full particulars as to prices for tuition, board, etc., apply to J.L. Bliss, Columbia, Adair Co., Ky."

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