83. First Normal School in New Hampshire
located in the Lord's Hill section in a triangular plot at the intersection
of NH153 and Hobbs Road (which leads to the old Union Academy), Effingham, NH


"On the rise of the ground just west of here, on the 2nd floor of the old Effingham Union Academy Building (1819), was the First Normal School in New Hampshire. It was in this Academy in 1830 that James W. Bradbury, later United States Senator from Maine, took the school only on condition that it should be for the 'instruction and training of teachers.' The idea was his own and at that time entirely novel."

erected 1972

The Effingham Union Academy Building is a part of the Lord's Hill Historic District which was listed on the National Register in 1985.


Effingham Union Academy Building

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1/17/2002