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The Gettysburg Academy (1827 Classical Preparatory School, 1829 Gettysburg Gymnasium) was an antebellum boys' boarding school for which the vernacular architecture schoolhouse (now "Reuning Hall") was the "first home" of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and Gettysburg College. The March 19, 1810, incorporation by the commonwealth appropriated $2,000, and the academy opened in 1814 for the school year with Samuel Ramsay as the first teacher. By 1822 the boarding school had 3 dormitories, libraries, and a gymnasium and beginning in 1926, the academy trustees allowed the Lutheran seminary to use the facility—D. Jacobs established a preparatory school in June 1827 (his brother was a mathematics professor).
The facility was purchased at Sheriff's sale in 1829 by Samuel Simon Schmucker and designated the "Gettysburg Gymnasium". The 1829 headmaster was Dr. Charles H. Huber, and 2 sons of Mexico's president-elect attended (1831 coaches were Wolf & Urlich.) The last graduation was in 1835 and when the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg began, the Reuning House was being used by Rebecca Eyster's Young Ladies Seminary, which conducted an American Civil War hospital for casualties. Eyster's "School Halls" were advertised for rent in 1877, the house was used as World War I officers' quarters, and Reuning House is a now a private residence protected by a 1972 borough ordinance.
- "Gettysburg Borough". LivingPlaces.com. Retrieved 2011-05-08. "the Reuning House built as the Academy Building at 66 West High Street. It was built in 1813-15 for the Gettysburg Academy, but its architecture displays characteristics of the vernacular residential style … Adams County National Bank which was constructed in 1906. The structure is an excellent example of Beaux Arts Classicism"
- "The Gettysburg Seminary…History and Needs" (Google News Archive). Gettysburg Compiler. August 18, 1896. Retrieved 2011-08-11. "Gettysburg and the people of Adams county, including many from Hanover [in York Co.], offered $7,000 in cash, and the trustees of the old academy the use of that building"
- Beitel, Calvin Gustavus (1874). A Digest of Titles of Corporations Chartered by the Legislature … (Google Books). J. Campbell & son. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
- "Local History" (Google news archive). Gettysburg Compiler. September 21, 1897. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
- History and Directory of the Boroughs of Gettysburg, Oxford, Littlestown .... John T. Reily. 1880. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "Local Grid Teams To Play First Games On Saturday" (Google news archive). Gettysburg Times. September 25, 1931. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- ""Run home as quickly as you can," 66-68 West High St." (Google news archive). The Gettysburg Times. June 20, 2005. Retrieved 2013-08-30. "The students of Rebecca Eyster's Young Ladies Seminary were studying in this "Old Academy Building" on June 26, 1863. [On] the arrival of the Confederate troops from Seminary Ridge… Mrs. Eyster immediately called her students to the front porch to see…and told them, "Children, run home as quickly as you can." … During the battle, the building was used as a hospital." NOTE: Singmaster's book has: "Young Ladies' Seminary on the corner of High and Washington Streets. … We were having our regular literary exercises on Friday afternoon, at our Seminary… standing on the front portico we beheld in the direction of the Theological Seminary, a dark, dense mass, moving toward town. Our teacher, Mrs. Eyster, at once said: "Children, run home as quickly as you can."
- "Gettysburg Female Seminary" (Google news archive). Getttysburg Compiler. July 5, 1877. Retrieved 2013-08-28. "The School Halls, corner of Washington and High streets, Gettysburg, so long occupied by Mrs. Eyster and others, as a FEMALE SEMINARY, are for Rent for school purposes. For particulars, inquire of MRS. EYSTER residing in the buildings."
- "List 38 More Properties In Historic Area" (Google News Archive). The Gettysburg Times. April 15, 1972. Retrieved 2012-03-18.