North Carolina Education - Lincoln County

Year County Established

County Webpage Herein

County Seat Webpage Herein

1779

Lincoln County

Lincolnton
This Author has not found the legislative Acts and Resolutions from 1791 to 1816. If they are ever located then they will be appropriately included herein. 
According to a much later legislative Act of March 17, 1875 (see below), the Pleasant Retreat Academy was incorporated on December 10, 1813.

Pleasant Retreat Academy was one of three hundred (300) private schools chartered in North Carolina between 1800 and 1860. The male academy, chartered by the General Assembly in 1813 and opened in 1820, operated for nearly a century. Prominent politicians and government officials studied at Pleasant Retreat, including Texas governor James Pickney Henderson, North Carolina governor William A. Graham, and Confederate general Robert F. Hoke.

In 1861, Lincoln County’s first organized Confederate unit, Company K, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, organized on the academy grounds. Nicknamed the Southern Stars, the company included twenty-eight (28) students. Every commissioned officer in the company had been a student at the school.

In 1908, Pleasant Retreat Academy became the first state-sponsored historical renovation project in North Carolina. The following year, the renovated academy building became the Confederate Memorial Hall, later known as the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) Memorial Hall. The institution collected memorabilia from Lincoln County veterans of the American Civil War, and provided a meeting place for Confederate reunions and the United Confederate Veterans. County officials chartered a library inside the building in 1925.

Today the two-story, four-bay building continues in use as a museum and meeting place for the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

The above write-up (with edits) was provided by the North Carolina Highway Marker program. Click Here to read and to view their sources.

On November 17, 1818, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate two libraries, one being the Buffaloe Library Society in Lincoln County, which was authorized assets up to $2,000.
On November 20, 1819, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the earlier Act of 1813 (not found by this Author yet) to establish and incorporate an academy in Lincolnton in Lincoln County. Five (5) new trustees were named in the Act. According to a much later Act of March 17, 1875 (below), this Act pertains to the Pleasant Retreat Academy in the town of Lincolnton.
On December 26, 1821, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Lincolnton Female Academy in the town of Lincolnton in Lincoln County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On February 12, 1827, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Franklin Library Society of Buffalo in the town of Buffalo in Lincoln County.
On January 12, 1847, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Loretz Centenary Institute in Lincoln County. Thirty-two (32) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 30, 1874, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Rock Spring Seminary in Lincoln County. Five (5) trustees were named in the Act.
On March 17, 1875, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to appoint five (5) new trustees for the Pleasant Retreat Academy in the town of Lincolnton in Lincoln County.
On February 6, 1883, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the Public School Law of 1881 to allow funds for public schools to be used to repair two academies in the town of Lincolnton in Lincoln County.
On March 5, 1885, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to prohibit the sale of spirituous liquors within two (2) miles of Lincolnton Public School House No. 21, known as Paper Mills School House in the town of Lincolnton in Lincoln County.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1889 and 1890, it was reported that there were five (5) private schools for white children in Lincoln County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Piedmont Seminary

Lincolnton

D. Math. Thompson

115

Paper Mill Academy

Near Lincolnton

G.T. Heafner

58

Denver School

Denver

Charles L. Coon

79

Lowesville High School

Lowesville

R.W. Boyd

75

Woodside Parish School

Near Lincolnton

Miss Ida Ramseur

81
On March 8, 1899, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize qualified voters in the town of Lincolnton to decide whether to levy a special tax to fund graded schools in the town of Lincolnton in Lincoln County.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were six (6) private schools in Lincoln County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Piedmont Seminary

Lincolnton

Miss Kate Shipp

60

Ridge Academy

Henry

J.E. Hoover

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Denver High School

Denver

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Lowesville High School

Lowesville

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Private School

Iron Station

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Private School

Triangle

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