Saturday, August 25, 2012

Inside an Abandoned All-Girls School, Part 2

When Bennett College moved to its final home at Millbrook, Dutchess County, New York in 1907, it had an enrollment of 120 students and a faculty of 29. The course of study was six years: four years of high school and two years of higher study. Later, the high school courses were discontinued, while the junior college's two-year curriculum continued through the 1970s. 

Majors of the junior college included art, fashion design, interior design, music, modern languages, literature, history, dance, drama, child development, equine studies, and domestic science. Activities at Bennett included gymnastics, golf, tennis, horseback riding and skiing. The school was home to a full time teaching Nursery School for 3 and 4 year olds, as well, as a riding stable. At the time of its closing, enrollment was around 300 students.

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Bennett College on a 1907 postcard


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