"Franklin Academy" Watkins Mill State Park Things to Do Tip by basstbn

Watkins Mill State Park Things to Do: 7 reviews and 7 photos

  Franklin Academy
by basstbn

Built in 1856 as a subscription school. After a public school was built in the 1870s, Waltus Watkins purchased this building to be used as housing for his workers.

It is a unique school building. First of all, it is rare to see a one-room school in this part of the country made of brick. But not every school had a benefactor like Waltus Watkins who owned a brick kiln. Secondly, it has a hexagon shape. I've seen hexagonal barns, but not school houses.

Like the nearby church, the school house is not open to the public.

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  • Updated Aug 18, 2003
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