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Father Dodge Doming to Pleasant Hill to found Academy - carving by Tom Brown

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Pioneer Hall Museum

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Pioneer Hall was the second of the buildings of the Pleasant Hill Academy. It was built in 1887 to be used as a dormitory for students. Reverend Benjamin Dodge, the organizer of the school, had already built the Pleasant Hill Academy Building which comprised of classrooms and a chapel for worship. Soon would-be students from all over the area wanted to attend the school, which was started by the American Missionary Association of Boston, MA. After the Civil War, this organization made the commitment to open 500 schools in this country to educate those who could not otherwise afford schooling.

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Paul Revere Bell
Academy Bell Forged by Paul Revere 1817
Pioneer Hall Museum
Pioneer Hall of Pleasant Hill Academy built 1887
Dr. May on Mule with Medical bag
Dr May on a House Call
Dr. May Wharton
Dr. May Cravath Wharton
Father Dodge, Founder of Pleasant Hill Academy
Father Dodge, Founder of Pleasant Hill Academy
Items from Dr. May's Hospital
Items from Dr. May's Hospital
Farm Tools from the Cumberland Plateau
Farm Tools from the Cumberland Plateau
Pioneer Hall Museum

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467 E. Main
Pleasant Hill, TN 38578


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Free Admissions but donations encouraged


May 1 - October 31
Wednesdays 10am - 4pm
Sundays 2pm - 5 pm
or call 931 277-5313 for appointment
Dates Closed
November 1 - April 30

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