Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Rockby School for Boys

This picture of the Rockby School for Boys near Sparta in Hancock County was submitted a few months ago. Some how I lost the person's name who sent the picture and the timeline will not let me go back far enough to find it. I apologize and hope you will contact me with your name so I can give you credit for your picture. Sender stated the school is located on private property but she was given permission to take this picture.
I got this info off the historical marker that is located looking east on Ga Hwy16 toward Warrenton and Augusta.
About 1 mi. from here, Richard Malcolm Johnston, lawyer, educator, and author, operated Rockby, a school for boys revolutionary in its day. Disgusted with the harsh disciplinary methods of the time, Johnston instituted an honor system whereby students were expected to report their own misdemeanors. His system of discipline, “at once so liberal and so exacting,” worked remarkably well, and Rockby enjoyed wide patronage. Opened in Jan., 1862, the school prospered until after the Civil War.
Johnston left Ga. in 1867 under the social and financial pressures of Reconstruction and reopened his school as Pen Lucy School in Baltimore, Md. Forty Ga. boys followed their teacher to Md. and Pen Lucy continued in the Rockby tradition for about six years. Financial distress in Ga. later curtailed Johnston’s main supply of boarding pupils, and, finding his honor system less effective when applied to day pupils with whom the teacher had limited contact, he finally closed the school.
Johnston’s best-known literary work, Dukesborough Tales, was inspired by his own experiences. In his autobiography he identified Powelton, Hancock County, Ga., as “Dukesborough

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