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Wheelock Academy

Millerton, Oklahoma
County of McCurtain.
16th & Locust Streets
National Register Number: 66000949
Resource type: District.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: OK-2 Certified Local Government: NO
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Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 21, 1965):
The Wheelock Academy was the prototype for tribal school systems established by the Five Civilized Tribes in the Indian Territory. Begun in 1832 as a mission school, it was named for the founder of Dartmouth College. In 1955, the Academy merged with Jones Academy and closed.

Six of the surviving campus structures are in varying conditions. Three are well preserved and rendered usable. The three remaining buildings require extensive repairs in the interest of preservation, stability and historical integrity. Some vital foundation repairs are presently being done on the main building (dormitory).

The condition of the dormitory building deteriorated significantly from lack of maintenance and weather exposure. One section of the building had deteriorated to such an extent that it was a threat to the rest of the structure. Remedial action was taken to prevent further damage. The staff dormitory building was improved to accommodate a museum which was developed

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The main building (dormitory) needs extensive repairs to the roof, structure and interior in the interest of preservation, safety and integrity. The academic building will also require structural repairs and interior restoration in the interest of preservation, safety and utilization in the site interpretive plan currently being developed.

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