Berkshire Academy and Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church beside the Brick School
|A private school, the
Berkshire Academy, was the first attempt in the way of more advanced
education, and was established about 1840-41. The building was a
frame, costing about three or four hundred dollars, and the expense
of building was defrayed by the sale of shares at ten dollars each.
It was located just east of the Episcopal Church. The first teacher
in this school was G. S. Bailey, of Oberlin. Daisy Sperry Burrer
taught piano at the Academy. In 1906, Nellie Stark noted, "The
building, however, has been graded down and divided, and is at
present used as a hennery and woodhouse of our townsman, Newton
Berkshire Episcopal Church
Monday, March 23, 1818, the Episcopal Church was organized at the
house of David Prince. Ten years later, 1828, they built a brick
church a short distance east of the comers, on what was then called
the Granville Road and later State Route 37 and South Galena Road.
Local folklore says this was the first brick church west of Pittsburgh (or the mountains) although Mr. G. D. Neilson says it was the second.
The church building was used as a school house in the early 1900s. By 1960 it held hay for Mr. Wormell. In 2003 is was torn down to make way for a new commercial building.
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