Armstrong Academy of Bryan County

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Armstrong Academy of Bryan County
Opened 1844
Current Status Demolished
Building Style Single Building
Location near Doaksville, OK in Pushmathaha District of Choctaw Nation
Alternate Names


Armstrong Academy was founded as a school for Choctaw boys in 1844. The first classroom buildings and dormitories were built of logs from the area. In the late 1850s a brick building replaced the log building. A two-story brick addition was added later. As a school the average attendance was about 65 students, though in 1859 it had about 100 students. The Baptist Missionary Society of Louisville, Kentucky directed activities until 1855. In that year it was turned over to the Cumberland Presbyterian Board of Foreign and Domestic Missions who directed it until the school closed in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War.

During the Civil War the academy closed. Part of the building was used as a Confederate Hospital.The campus served as state capitol for 20 years, begining in 1863. The Choctaw Council met there in 1863, & The United Nations of Indian Territory delegates (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, Seminole, and Caddo) met here with the Confederacy to plan war strategy.

In 1884 the buildings served as a Chowtaw orphanage for boys.


The Armstrong Academy was destroyed by fire in February 1921. The Federal government refused to rebuild it, and today the area has reverted to its original state as a deserted pasture. Nothing remains of the town but rubble from the Armstrong Academy and the cemetery attached.