Holmes Academy - Plymouth, NH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 43° 45.512 W 071° 41.277
19T E 283620 N 4848565
Quick Description: This sign put up by the Plymouth Historical Society relates the history of the area, which was first the Holmes Academy, then a Normal School, Teachers College, then finally Plymouth State University.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 3/10/2016 6:01:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMQP0D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
In Plymouth, by the official sign for Plymouth State University, is a dark historical marker about Holmes Academy.

The sign is located at the intersection of Main Street and Court Street, on the northwest corner, near a sign for Plymouth State University. This sign is cast iron on a light colored post and looks like the official New Hampshire historical markers. However, when you look closer, the seal at the top is not the seal of New Hampshire, but possibly the seal of Plymouth. This seal has an image of a covered bridge, and text stating, "Bridging the Lakes Region and the White Mountains." The main text is as follows:

"Holmes Academy
________
On Dec. 7, 1808 the NH Legislature chartered Holmes Plymouth Academy 'to promote religion, vertue and literature.' Public - spirited citizens that included Col. Samuel Holmes of Campton, NH, drafted the charter.

The Academy operated on this site from 1826 until 1841.

In 1870, the NH Legislature created a State Normal School. Under the leadership of Sen. Henry Blair, the town purchased the Academy buildings and donated them to the state.

Plymouth Normal School subsequently became Plymouth Teachers College in 1963 and Plymouth State University in 2003."

At the bottom is "Plymouth Historical Society."

The sign is double-sided.

The Plymouth State University dominates the center of Plymouth and is located up hill from the commercial pert of town. It has over 6000 students attending.

Plymouth Historical Society is the local organization for preserving the history of the Plymouth area. The headquarters is located up Court Street in a former courthouse.

Web Site - Plymouth Historical Society:
(visit link)
Marker Name: Holmes Academy

Marker Type: Local/Unofficial

Marker Location: Plymouth

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Date Marker Established: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
-- At least one original photo of the marker showing some of the background. (You or team members may be included, and you may submit multiple photos.)

-- Date of your visit

-- Optional: Any interesting details of your trip

-- Optional: Additional research, links, etc. relevant to the historical event, person or place commemorated.
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