Mansﬁeld Soldiers Orphan School Historical Marker
This marker denotes the former location of the Mansfield Soldiers Orphan School, which operated from 1867 to 1889. The school was established by the principal of Mansfield Normal School (now Mansfield University) for the benefit of local orphans. The school was one of several institutions established with state support to provide for the children of Union veterans who had died in the Civil War. Although many of the students were not orphans, their families were destitute following the loss of the family patriarch.
Backstory and Context
In 1872, Allen secured a small farm in order to train the male students in various agricultural fields. Female students were also instructed in domestic arts at the farm and at the school. When Allen passed away in 1880, his widow operated the school with the assistance of various faculty members. Following the 1889 school year, the institution moved to Susquehanna County. The former school building became the home of Hotel Allen until 1904 when a fire destroyed the hotel.
Gold, O. David. Gold, Martha. The Civil War Soldiers' Orphan Schools of Pennsylvania 1864-1889. Pendragon, 2016.