Franklin County Seminary

The Franklin County Seminary opened in 1831 as part of a mandate in Indiana’s 1816 Constitution for each county to have a seminary. The concept of a publicly supported secondary educational system in the United States under a state-wide program was first conceived in Indiana under this county seminary system. The county seminary was to be the second level of public education, with common schools and a state seminary completing the constitutional requirements. The Franklin County Seminary serves as a physical link to this area of secondary educational history. It closed as a county seminary by mandate of the 1851 Indiana Constitution as emphasis shifted to common schools. The seminary was placed on the National Register in 1974.

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Franklin County Seminary

Franklin County Seminary

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Street Address:

412 E 5th Street, Brookville, IN 47012 [map]

Cite this Page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, “Franklin County Seminary,” Discover Indiana, accessed August 16, 2018, http://indyhist.iupui.edu/items/show/313.

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