In 1840, a two story brick school house with an auditorium was erected  by Colonel Simpson Fouche on the present Rowland Springs Road, which was used also as a residence. Here Col. Fouche taught the Lewis, Rowland and Howard sons. This pre Civil War home was known as “Birdwood” and was totally destroyed by fire in 1949. See also Oakland Institute under “Communities” for additional information.





Source: Etowah Valley Historical Society.