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Bath Academy 1811

Bath Academy 1811

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Bath Academy 1811

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The County of Lennox & Addington
The Township of Loyalist
In Bath, on the northwest corner of
Church Street (Road 7) and Academy Street
2 blocks north of Main Street (Highway 33)

Coordinates: N 44 11.046 W 76 46.603


Plaque Text

On this site stood the Bath Academy, Lennox & Addington's earliest public school, founded in 1811 by means of local subscriptions. During the War of 1812 it was used for a time as a military barracks. Barnabus Bidwell, a radical political reformer and supporter of William Lyon Mackenzie, was its first teacher. His son, Marshall Spring Bidwell, who held similar views and became a leading member of the Legislative Assembly 1825-33, attended the academy. The institution was supported for many years by local settlers, but was merged into the common school system under the Public School Act of 1850.


Other Plaques in Bath
The Founding of Bath
The Reverend John Langhorn, 1744-1817
The Hawley House
The First Steamship on Lake Ontario

Loyalist Plaques

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> Posted June 29, 2018
Grew up in Bath and looking at the site was wonderful a walk down memory lane.
Lucinda Kirby lukirby88@gmail.com

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