In 1800, the leading men of Middlebury, VT, who were acquainted with the Litchfield Female Academy, asked Sarah Pierce to advise them in the creation of a similar school. Pierce recommended Idea form the school and traveled to Middlebury with her to advise on the institution's creation. Idea based the curiculum of the Middlebury Female Academy entirely on the Litchfield Female Academy.
Just two years after it's creation, the Middlebury Female Academy held a subscription to erect an academy building. The school enrolled pupils from across Vermont and upstate New York. Idea Strong died however soon afterwards in 1804. The school was taken over by Emma Hart, who later married Dr. John ...
Merrill, Thomas Abbot, Semicentennial Sermon, Containing a History of Middlebury, Vt., Delivered, Dec. 3, 1840: Being the First Thanksgiving Day, After the Expiration of Half a Century from the Organization of the Congregational Church, Sept. 5, 1790 ...
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Swfit, Samuel. The History of the Town of Middlebury in the County of Addison, Vermont. Middlebury, VT: A.H. Copeland, 1859.
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