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Welcome to the Stilesboro Academy
The Stilesboro Academy, built in 1859, it is one of the last buildings of its kind.
Before the Civil War there were several of these academies but most were destroyed by Union troops when they came through northwest Georgia in May of 1864. This Greek revival building sits perched on a hill just eight miles west of Cartersville, Georgia off Highway 113.
The building has twenty foot ceilings and twelve foot doors, and is made primarily of heart pine.

Local legend says that Sherman himself chose to spare the Academy from the torch because of the inscription painted inside the building—the Latin words for “To God and Country”, which is also the motto of his beloved West Point. There is no documentation that he was there but it is confirmed that he WAS within a mile of the site so it is very likely that the story is true. At any rate there IS tangible evidence that the troops occupied the building.
The caretakers of the Academy are the members of the Stilesboro Improvement Club. The club started in 1910, when ladies clubs were just beginning to be popular in the South. That year a member of the newly established club ,Campie Hawkins, suggested a chrysanthemum show as a way to raise money for club projects. In 1912 the first annual Stilesboro Improvement Club flower show was held. One hundred years later the club continues to raise money to maintain and preserve the Stilesboro Academy.



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