Wilcox Female Institute Building at Camden, AL (completed ca. 1849, recorded in HABS, listed on the NRHP)

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The Wilcox Female Institute is a historic Greek Revival-style school building in Camden. The brick structure features twin Doric columns, a second floor balcony, and a two-tiered cupola and pilastered belfry. This building was built between 1848 and 1850 and chartered as an academy for women in 1850. During the antebellum and postbellum periods, this school was one of the most successful academies in Alabama. The school closed in 1910 and the building was then used as part of the county high school for over 50 years. The building was deeded to the Wilcox Historical Society in 1974 and today it serves as the headquarters of this group. The Wilcox Female Institute was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1937 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on April 3, 1975.

This building is located at 301 Broad Street, Camden, AL (GPS Coordinates 31.994673, -87.294239).

Sources: 1) Wilcox Historical Society; 2) NRHP “Wilcox Female Institute” Nomination Form.

B&W photographs courtesy U. S. Library of Congress (HABS), photographer: Alex Bush, Date: January 6, 1937.

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