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April 30, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Schools: Slate River Academy


In 1841, several of Buckingham County’s schools and academies advertised in the Richmond Whig. Among them was Slate River Academy.  The advertisement also ran in Richmond’s Enquirer, the Watchman of the South (a Presbyterian newspaper) and the Lynchburg Virginian.  The trustees of Slate River Academy were William Perkins Moseley, Thomas Moseley Bondurant, and Grandison Moseley, a prominent member of Maysville Presbyterian Church.

Though Slate River Academy was not incorporated until 1839, 1841 marked the school’s eighth session. Mr. L.C. Boynton was the principle teacher, with Mr. Charles Tarnowski assisting.  By 1850, William B. Shepard had taken over as the principle teacher and was living with Grandison Moseley and his large family.

An 1850 advertisement for the Academy stated, “The location is most healthy and in every way desirable, and very accessible, being four miles west of Buckingham Court House, immediately on the road leading from that place to Hardwicksville (later Winginia) on the James River Canal.”

Interested in learning more about other schools and academies in Buckingham County?  Use the search box in the right hand column.  You’ll discover previous posts about Seven Islands School, Humanity Hall Academy, etc.


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  1. Bea / Apr 30 2013 12:56 pm

    That advertisement really was evocative of the place and time.

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 30 2013 1:00 pm

      Thanks, Bea. I love these old advertisements. Moral training and paternalism was assumed. More to follow.


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