Friday, September 17, 2010

Cane Hill College (Arkansas)

Cane Hill College is featured in a video segment with KFSM-TV [Ft. Smith-Fayetteville] anchor Mitch Roberts. Cane Hill School opened in 1835 and later evolved to become one of the first institution of higher education in Arkansas. The video includes pictures of the one remaining building and current historical displays. Local historian Linda Doede is also featured.
Cane Hill was supported by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It closed in 1861 and burned in 1864 during the Civil War. Supporters rebuilt and reopeded the institution in 1868. It was destroyed again by fire in 1885 and reopened in 1887. The remaining building was used for a public school after closure until the 1950's and is currently used as a community building. Cane Hill is considered to be a predecessor of Arkansas Cumberland College and later, the College of the Ozarks, now the University of the Ozarks.