According to the Nash County Heritage book it was established in 1840 and had two schools. One was for boys and one for girls. During the early 1900's a public elementary school used one of the buildings that was formally part of Stanhope Academy.
According to the History and Architecture of Nash County book, it began in 1843. During the late 1800's it had as many as 11 teachers and 70 pupils.
I also found in another book( Images of America: Rocky Mount and Nash County) that the first president of East Carolina Teacher's College (now ECU) was a principal at Stanhope Academy. His name was Dr. Robert H. Wright.
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