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Mars Hill College Historic District


Mars Hill College Montague Hall, NC. In the mid 1800s, there was no town in the area known as Pleasant Hill. The four families living here wanted their children educated and instructed in the Baptist faith. And so Mars Hill College was founded as the French Broad Baptist Institute in Madison County in 1856.
Approximately twenty buildings make this the largest educational historic district in the state. All of these building are on the quad except two. Of these, Montague is the oldest, built in 1856.
Mars Hill College has received a $50,000 grant from the Janirve Foundation toward the restoration and renovation of its Rural Life Museum, housed in historic Montague Hall on the campus. Closed in 2006 due to structural damage and water seepage, the museum once served as a vital tool for the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of rural life artifacts relevant to the history and culture of the Southern Appalachian region.
Mars Hill College Historic District - Contributing Building - National Register of Historic Places
NRIS #06000865

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; College campuses; College buildings; Historic buildings; Mars Hill College; Montague Hall; Rural Life Museum; Madison County; North Carolina


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