Dr. Luther Stearns, father of George L. Stearns, opened a school in 791 that became the leading Academy of the United States, to quote the opinion of the time.
Susannah Rowson, famous as the author of Charlotte Temple, Lucy Temple, and Sarah, moved her large school to Medford in 1800, when she wished its girls to have the advantages of a country life.
She also wrote a volume of poems and an abridgment of Universal Geography.
Dr. John Hosmer, John Angier, A. K. Hathaway, Miss Ann Rose, Miss Hannah Swan, Mrs. Newton, and others, carried on large and successful private schools for many years.
Mystic Hall Seminary, in the fifties, trained young ladies in
Composition, Criticism, Moral and Intellectual Philosophy and Horseback riding.
English branches, French and Latin languages, Ancient languages and Mathematics.
Penmanship and Bookkeeping.
Spanish and German, Drawing and Dancing, Embroidery, Needlework, Phonography, French conversation.
Singing, Harp, Guitar