Webb Institute (Barfield), 1873-1878

WEBB INSTITUTE 1873-1878 was on the west side of the present Barfield-Crescent Road between the intersections of the present Morton and Webb Roads. It bordered the property of Coleman Harrison.

In August 1873, “in consideration of benefit to be rendered by the System of Public Schools,” Isaac Webb signed a gift deed to School Directors H. S. Yearqan, B. D. Fletcher, and Joseph Ransom. The one acre was for a lot for a white school and also for a Methodist Episcopal Church South. The names WEBB INSTITUTE and I. S. Webb are on the Beers Map of 1878.

Isaac Webb, a Civil War Major, had two daughters who were school teachers, Lillie and Lockie. They did not, however, teach at WEBB INSTITUTE.

It is possible that WEBBS CHAPEL BLACK later used the building of the WEBB INSTITUTE.

The Webb property was later owned by Thomas M. Baskin, father of Robert W. Baskin who inherited thirty acres on the back. Jerry Benefield now owns one hundred and five acres of the Isaac Webb land.

SOURCES: Deed Book_19, p. 321. Interview, March 1985, with Robert W. Baskin.

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