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Marker designates Male & Female High School site in Columbia

2023-03-14 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
This historical marker near the top of the hill on Guardian Street in Columbia tells the story of school at this location in the later 1800s. The words read, "The Columbia College Joint Stock Company formed in 1853 to build the M & F School. It was conveyed to trustees appointed by Transylvania Presbytery and opened in 1855. The building was a Union Camp during the Civil War. Classes resumed after the war. In 1908 a public grade and high school replaced the M & F School on the same site." "

On the opposite side were these words about the rock steps under the historical marker: "Student Parking In The 1850s -- This horse-mounting block is a survivor from many that were along this road and in the field beyond. Houses built in the early 1900s now occupy former pastures where horses grazed while their riders attended the M & F School on the hill. This subscription school provided both boys and girls a quality high school education."

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