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.The July membership meeting of the Maury County Historical Society is scheduled for July 20, 2014, at 2PM at the Athenaeum Rectory at 808 Athenaeum Street in Columbia, Tennessee. The membership meeting is free and open to the public.
The Athenaeum Rectory was begun in 1835 as the intended residence for Samuel Polk Walker, nephew of President James K. Polk. It was completed in 1837 and was the rectory for the Columbia Female Institute, an Episcopal school for girls. In 1837, Reverend Franklin Gillette Smith accepted the position of president of The Columbia Female Institute and moved to Columbia. He was a native of Vermont and a graduate of Princeton University. In 1851, Reverend Smith resigned from the Institute to establish the Columbia Athenaeum School, retaining the Rectory as his home and a part of the newly formed Athenaeum School campus adjacent to the Columbia Female Institute. It contained the reception room and parlors for the Athenaeum. The bedrooms on the first floor and an upstairs room were used by the Smith family. The house never had a kitchen; however, the small two-room building off the back porch was probably built for that purpose but was never used as such since the Smiths dined on campus. The Athenaeum operated until 1903, and members of the Smith family occupied the home until 1973. Make your plans now to join the Maury County Historical Society and hear Adam Southern, president of the Maury County APTA, entertain and educate us on the history, immediate needs, and hopefully long future of the Athenaeum Rectory. You’ll be given the opportunity to tour the home, including the upstairs which is rarely opened to the public. .
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