Sarah was also called Sally Pierce. Sarah was born in Farmington, Connecticut in 1767. She started and ran the Litchfield Female Academy, a school for girls. The school existed from 1792 until 1833. Sarah's sister, Mary, helped to run the school.
The school and the Pierce house were built in 1802. They were located on the west side of North Street. Although the buildings no longer exist, a marker shows where the academy and house were located.
Litchfield Female Academy
Students came from all over the United States to attend the school. Miss Pierce was known to be strict and the girls had many rules to follow. The girls lived in family homes in Litchfield while attending the school.
Miss Pierce was a very good friend of Reverend Lyman Beecher. His daughters, Harriet and Catherine, went to the Litchfield Female Academy.
Sarah was also a very good friend of Tapping Reeve. Beecher and Reeve helped to raise money for the academy's first school building.
Sarah died in 1852 at the age of 84. She is buried in the West Burying Ground in Litchfield.
Information courtesy of the Litchfield Historical Society
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