2 Aug
2011

Locust Dell Academy – 1834-1843

Locust Dell Academy - 1834-1843 historical marker

Marker located on the University of North Alabama campus in front of what is now called Willingham Hall

On this site Nicholas Marcellus Hentz conducted a girls’ school. Native of Metz, France, Hentz was a painter, entomologist, author, and was once a professor at University of North Carolina. Experimenting with silkworms, he planted groves of mulberry trees around this section of town. His wife, Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz, native of Massachusetts, assisted in the academy. She also wrote plays, poems, stories, popular novels, and a significant diary of her years in Florence.

Locust Dell Academy - circa 2010

Locust Dell Academy (now Willingham Hall) - circa 2010

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