By Blair Thomas
A special bell rings outside the Pioneer Hall Museum in Pleasant Hill, Tenn. One of the last bells cast by Paul Revere, just two years before his death in 1819, this bell hung in the original academy building in Pleasant Hill.
The museum is the only surviving building on the academy’s campus today. Operated by the Pleasant Hill Historical Society, the museum strives to preserve and share the history of the Pleasant Hill Academy, a mission school that taught the children in the community from 1884 to 1947.
Pioneer Hall is open May 1 through Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Private tours are available by appointment. Call (931) 277-5313.