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A Day in 1845 at Boiling Spring Academy

Presented by The Historic Commission and The John P. Holt Brentwood Library

Post Date:08/09/2018


The Boiling Spring Academy is a restored 1832 one-room schoolhouse located in Primm Historic Park off Moores Lane in Brentwood.  On Sunday, August 19 from 2 – 4 p.m. you are invited to step back in time and experience “A Day in 1845.”

If you, a family member, or a friend have ever participated in a fieldtrip to Boiling Spring Academy through Williamson County Elementary Schools, we especially want to encourage you to attend and reminisce with us.   At 2 p.m., a formal program lasting about 30 minutes, will be held about the school.   Please register for the program.   Anyone else is welcome to attend the Open House between 2:30-4pm.

Each year about 500 second-graders from Crockett, Scales, Edmondson, and Lipscomb Elementary attend the classroom program developed by the Brentwood Historic Commission.  Retired school teachers teach their students penmanship, arithmetic (using slates and slate pencils), reading from a McGuffey Reader, recitation of maxims, history, and conduct a spelling bee.

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Historic Commission member and community volunteer, Carole Crigger, has been helping coordinate this educational program for 12 years and is excited to teach the children about life long ago.  Crigger said, “It really is a neat opportunity for a child to sit in a classroom, built in 1832, with no distractions and learn like children did back so many years ago.  They just don’t get this experience in many places today.” 

There will be two more open houses this year on the third Sunday of the month in September and October from 2-4pm.   2019 marks the 50th Birthday for the City of Brentwood. Educational seminars are being held each month to introduce the community to the history of Brentwood.

Primm Historic Park is the site of two National Register properties: Boiling Spring Academy and a prehistoric Native American Mound Site, 900-1500 (A.D.).   The park contains some of the most important historical and cultural resources in Tennessee as Native Americans lived and left mounds as relics of the Mississippian Period.  In 2003, the Primm family donated the two acres around the academy to the City of Brentwood.   The city later obtained additional acres around the academy and mounds to buffer the site from future development.


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