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    SWEET HOME, TEXAS

    Guadalupe County, Central Texas S
    One miles W of FM 467
    10 Miles S of Seguin on Sweet Home Road
    About 3-4 Miles E of New Berlin
    Population: 0080 (20000)

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    History on a Pinhead

    Established by emanicipated slaves in the late 1870s. Little of its early history was recorded but it became known in the early 20th Century for having a vocational school.
    Sweet Home TX - Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School
    Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    National Register of Historic Places
    3340 Sweet Home Rd.
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
    Historical Marker Text

    Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School

    Located in southwest Guadalupe County, the Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School served the educational needs of Negro students in Guadalupe County from 1924 until 1962. It was built in part with money from the Rosenwald Fund, a philanthropic endeavor developed by Sears, Roebuck Company president Julius Rosenwald, to improve the quality of education for rural citizens through the construction of modern schoolhouses in the early 20th century.

    Sweet Home was one of six schools built in Guadalupe County under the Rosenwald school program. Master carpenter Henry Singletary and his assistant, Jesse C. Ussery, completed the schoolhouse in 1925. The total cost of construction was $5,500, of which $1,100 came from the Rosenwald Fund. Known as a four-teacher type school, it boasted four primary classrooms, a kitchen and a library. Additional buildings constructed on the property included a girls' dormitory, an industrial building and a house for the teachers, which also served as the home economics classroom.

    Sweet Home served as a county training school, providing education beyond the eighth grade for students from a three-county area. Its primary focus was on modern industrial and agricultural training. By 1935 Sweet Home was an accredited public high school. Its students won many agricultural, athletic and educational honors before it closed in 1962.

    The school building, which retains much of its original features and character, continues in use as a center for community activities.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2001
    TX - Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School Historical Marker
    Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
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    Sweet Home TX - Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School water fountain
    The old water fountain
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
    Sweet Home TX - Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School Natl Register of Historic Places Plaque
    Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural School
    National Register of Historic Places Plaque

    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
    Sweet Home TX - Church
    "The church is still active as the preacher and a friend were working outside the day we stopped in on this little spot in the road."
    - William Beauchamp, June 2011 photo
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    Sweet Home Texas - Sweet Home Road
    Sweet Home Road
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
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