North Carolina Education - Davie County

Year County Established

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1836

Davie County

Mocksville

As early as 1780, the Methodist Church began efforts to establish a church sponsored school in America similar to John Wesley’s school in England. Francis Asbury met with the Reverend John Dickins of Halifax County in June of that year and two local men had the honor of purchasing the first subscriptions. Their money, however, went to the formation of Cokesbury College, opened in Maryland in 1787. It would be about seven years before North Carolina’s Cokesbury School would open near the Yadkin River in what is now Davie County, then Rowan. It was the first Methodist-sponsored school in North Carolina. The name Cokesbury was a tribute to the first two Methodist Bishops in America, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury, and has since been associated with Methodist education.

North Carolina’s Cokesbury School was organized by James Parks, an elder district preacher and teacher, and Hardy Jones, a wealthy church member who donated the land on which it was built. Asbury visited the school in 1794 and described it as “twenty feet square, two stories high, well set with doors and windows…it stands on a beautiful eminence, and overlooks the Lowlands, and river Yadkin.” The aesthetically pleasing location, however, was not a practical one since it was off the beaten path. The school was no longer listed in the Methodist Conference minutes in 1795. Local churchgoers who had attended sermons at the schoolhouse continued to do so. The congregation eventually became known as the Advance Methodist Church.

Much of what is known about the school comes from the commonplace book, or notebook, of George McClasky, a student there. The journal-like book was discovered in the personal papers of a local Methodist preacher. While the original was returned to the preacher’s family, copies were made for the Western North Carolina Conference Archives in Charlotte and the North Carolina State Archives. McClasky’s notes provide evidence of the curriculum and everyday life at the school, as well as important information as to the books available. McClasky’s father, John, was involved with the Methodist Book Concern and helped to supply the school and church with appropriate books.

This short-lived school existed in Rowan County, North Carolina. Today, it would be in Davie County.

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On February 12, 1827, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish Mocksville Academy in the town of Mocksville in Rowan County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act. Mocksville became the county seat of Davie County in 1836.
In its Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1889 and 1890, it was reported that there were eight (8) private schools for white children and one (1) private school for colored children in Davie County: The private schools for white children were:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Augusta Seminary

Augusta

J.D. Hodges

56

Mocksville Academy

Mocksville

M.L. John

58

Farmington Academy

Farmington

O.B. Eaton

55

Cana Academy

Cana

W.L. Carmichael

85

Smith Grove Academy

Smith Grove

Leon Cash

50

Jerusalem High School

Jerusalem

W.J. Matthews

44

Eaton School

Mocksville

Miss Mattie Eaton

50

Fork Academy

Fork Church

J.T. Alderman

70
The singular private school for colored children was:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Presbyterian Parochial School

Mocksville

Sophia E. Crawford

88
On March 5, 1891, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Mocksville Academy in the town of Mocksville in Davie County. Seven (7) corporators were named in the Act.
On March 13, 1895, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Hodge's Business College in the town of Augusta in Davie County. Apparently renamed; see directly below.
On February 27, 1897, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Hodge's School in the town of Augusta in Davie County.
On March 8, 1897, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Davie Educational Union to establish a colored school in or near the town of Mocksville in Davie County. Eight (8) trustees were named in the Act.
In its Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were five (5) private schools in Davie County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Cana Academy

Cana

C.H. Utley

45

Hodge's Business College

Augusta

J.D. Hodge

45

Friends Academy

Augusta

Miss Darden

25

Sunny Side Seminary

Mocksville

Miss M. VanEaton

40

Advance High School

Advance

C.M. Sheets

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