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TENNESSEE’S OLDEST COLLEGE

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Tusculum College, in the city of Tusculum, TN, a suburb of the town of Greeneville, is Tennessee’s oldest college and the 23rd oldest in the U.S.  In 1794, 2 years before Tennessee became a state, two Presbyterian ministers were ministering to the pioneers of eastern TN.  They desired to meet the educational needs of these Scotch-Irish settlers.  To that end they each established an educational institution, Martin’s Academy and Greeneville College.   The two colleges merged in 1868.  The building pictured  was the site of this college.  Today the college is a private, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.  1500 students are currently enrolled at the college.  During the Civil War, college buildings served as barracks for soldiers.  

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