Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln County
Pleasant Retreat Academy/Memorial Hall
Chartered in 1813 and constructed between 1817 and 1820 the building is the earliest brick structure in Lincolnton. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this significant early-19th century academy counted some of the county's most famous figures among its students. These famous students included Major General Robert F. Hoke, Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Georgia Governor Hoke Smith, North Carolina Governor William A. Graham, and Texas Governor James Pinckney Henderson. The building was dedicated in 1908 as the Confederate Memorial Hall, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) leased the building as a facility to store Civil War artifacts. From 1925 to 1965, the building served as a public library for residents of Lincoln County.