Friday, September 21, 2007

Mentelle Boarding School

One of the more prestigious schools in early Lexington, Kentucky was Mentelle's Boarding School. The school was operated by Madame Mentelle and her husband Augustus Mentelle, who had fled Paris, French in 1792, during the French Revolution.

The Mentelle's were very cultured and well educated. They moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1798, and opened a French school at Transylvania Seminary. Shortly after that, a tract of land was donated to them. The land was located across the road from the estate of U.S. Senator Henry Clay.

The Mentelle's opened an all girl boarding school at that location. One of the most notable students that attended the school was Mary Todd Lincoln. The school closed in 1860 when Madame Mentelle passed away.


private school said...

This article revel rare information. I suppose it would have been a nice boarding school of girls. Nowadays there are so many Christian boarding schools for girls. These schools help students to meet their goal by providing quality education.

Teri said...

As Mentelle heir, would like to know where to find more info on school and on French origins of Mentelle family cited from primary sources.

Karen Stacy said...

My grandmother lived on Mentelle Park many years. I am interested in finding out where the actual building was and if it is still standing.