According to the booklet "Claverack Township, the History and Heritage"
(July 1976), the school started as The Washington Seminary in 1777. As
teachers were added "the fame of the Seminary spread." In 1831, the name was
changed to Claverack Academy, as "Under law, the Seminary was merged into a
common school... In 1854, a second building, known as the main building of
the Claverack College, was built around the original construction...It
became known as the Claverack College and Hudson River Institute, and the
Regents now granted the power to give degrees to women...The college
flourished until the end of the century...in 1902, the doors were closed
forever." The booklet goes on to say the building was torn down shortly
after the closing, but I know there is still a building standing in
Claverack next to the Dutch Reformed Church that I thought was the Claverack
College or part of it.
There is also a discussion of the schools in the History of Columbia County
(1878) in the chapter on Claverack.
Jim Groat wrote:
Anyone familiar with this/these schools? I just found an 1870 census
record I've been looking for for 20 years with my grandfather (Charles
L. Groat) in attendance there. Are these one in the same? They share a
principal (Rev. Alonzo Flack). It appears coeducational (though the male
students are listed first) with 93 male students and 35 female. A rather
small live-in faculty and large housekeeping staff. I suspect most of
the teaching faculty did not live on the campus. The census lists a Post
Office of "Hollowville"? It appears to have drawn a class of students
from around what was then the major part of the United States plus Cuba
and other none U.S. students. This may be misleading since it is based
upon their place of birth.
I've got an excellent copy and I'm considering transcribing it if anyone