Exploring the Maysville Academy Site
This is the site of the former Maysville Academy. It's located on the hill in downtown Maysville Kentucky just off Fourth Street. President Grant went to this academy in the fall of 1836, at the age of 14. The building itself was erected in 1829 by contractor Thomas G. Richardson. In its day, it was one of the most famous institutions in the Ohio Valley. In recent years it was torn down to make way for condos that never actually got built.
The remaining structure has these little narrow windows built into the rock wall facing the river. Presumably these "rifle slits" were installed because the builders feared an attack by river. That's my dog there getting ready to pounce on me.
The stone steps approaching the site from Third Street contain this marker that reads: "High School 1879". Now, I've always heard of the place being referred to as the Maysville Academy. Perhaps it changed hands and became a high school later. 1879 would be 50 years after it was first constructed.
This mysterious plaque is embedded in one of the walls. I have no idea what it means or what language it is. I tried a few translators to no avail. Looks like a grave marker though. Have we found the final resting place of Jimmy Hoffa?
Update: On of our readers, Ken, let us know that the "Hafan" part means "Haven" in Welsh.