Jacob Jones, a devout Quaker,
seemed to believe in education
for all children whether they
could afford it or not. Since he had no children of his own, he left an
enduring educational legacy to the entire community.
Jacob Jones provided a trust and appointed trustees to make his dream
become a reality. The Trustees fulfilled Jacob's wishes by constructing a
building, hiring teachers, governing the free school and admitting as many
poor and orphan children from the Township as the proceeds of the trust
After the Township became part of the "general system of education," the
Lower Merion Academy became one of the first centers of learning. While the
Academy has passed through as many changes as society has, the Academy
always remained a constant symbol of education and benevolence.
Through contemporary words of the 19th century, we learn the history of the
Academy through primary sources and are able to witness again the real
issues and events.