Washington College Academy Offers Spring Class for Lovers of Local History

The Celebration

“The Celebration” by Caroline Blanks depicts the joyful celebration at Mt. Pleasant following the release of John Sevier from jail in Morganton, North Carolina after being arrested for treason during the State of Franklin dispute. The class will visit the site where the home once stood. 

“Pics and Trips” will feature field trips to seldom-seen historic sites

If you’re a lover of local lore, you’ll want to sign up for “Pics and Trips,” a new course to be offered by Washington College Academy. “Pics and Trips” will be held 11:00 a.m. at the Greeneville/Greene County Museum on Saturdays beginning May 27 and running through June 17. The museum is located at 101 West McKee Street in Greeneville. The cost of the course is $40.

Each class will examine a painting depicting a historical event that took place in Greene or Washington counties. Participants will discuss the event and the significance of it to local history. Then everyone will drive out to the location for a closer examination of the places depicted in the paintings.

“We are so fortunate to have had so many interesting historical events take place in our area,” said Dr. George Blanks, Washington College Academy trustee and instructor for the course. “Some of the places we’ll explore are very difficult to find and few people have seen them.”

Blanks said that he and former WCA President Dr. Robert Orr made a study of the locations and spent a great deal of time seeking them out as part of Orr’s research.

“The paintings we’ll examine were created by students of the ‘Historic Painting’ classes at WCA,” Blanks said. “They are on loan from the school to the Greeneville/Greene County History Museum.”

Following each class there will be an optional lunch at a local restaurant, giving participants further opportunity to explore the community.

Washington College Academy is the “Mother School of Tennessee.” Established in 1780 and first chartered in 1795. It is located near Limestone, Tennessee.

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