Originally established in 1835

Once a great early American institution of education, Green River Academy is now reborn to provide its community with a center for history, commerce, and social activities.



The Green River Academy is an important vestige of American history that represents the progressive attitudes of people in our past who favored educational equality in a new nation.

The Green River Academy was founded as a private school for the education of women and today, over 180 years later, the Board of Trustees and the Green River Academy Preservation Society intend to return the building to use as facility that again provides educational opportunities to benefit the public while providing a professionally curated archives for the preservation of manuscripts, textiles, decorative arts, furnishings, clothing and art that is significant to the history southeastern region of the United States. When completed, the Green River Academy will also provide hospitality assistance to the local business community, in addition to operating as a social facility for the Green River Academy Preservation Society.

The Green River Academy Preservation Society is an IRS approved not-for-profit 501c3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible. If you’d like to make an online contribution, click the “Donate” menu option. You may also mail your donation to P.O. Box 869, Elkton, Kentucky 42220.

Green River Academy is one of Kentucky’s most venerable institutions of Early American education. In its second life, it will ignite the spark of discovery and imagination that will propel its community forward.

What We've Achieved

  • Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000 for the restoration of the historic Main Building

  • Community Fundraising of over $100,000 for the Green River Academy Preservation Society

  • $100,000 in donated items for the creation of a well-equipped library, commerce, and education center.

  • Recognition as an Historical Landmark.

  • Multiple awards for community involvement and support.