•The Utopian dream called Mount Ariel•
Step inside and glance briefly at what might have become Utopia. These photos make up what was once the center of Mount Ariel village. What we call Cokesbury College today was just the heart of a thriving community designed for perfection. A populace built solely for education and worship.
It is hard to imagine today that just outside the quiet town of Hodges was a burgeoning center of learning. It is true and was, in fact, one of the most influential communities in the entire state. Today, Cokesbury College itself is maintained, while several historic buildings that were part of that majestic dream decay.
I arrived early one morning as the sun was rising over the trees. Cokesbury College itself appeared elegant, many other nearby historic buildings were far from achieving the lofty goal of paradise. The church, old post office, and historic home were decaying just a few feet away.
So where did this idea of a Uptopian Dreamland come from? Throughout the early part of the 19th century, many communities were formed in the hope of creating a perfect spiritual environment. This period even has its own name, “The Second Great Awakening”. Even though many of these communities didn’t succeed, it did prepare the underpinning that would become today’s education system.
After the Civil War, most of the southern infrastructure was destroyed. The dream of Utopia was smutted out by hard economic times. Today Cokesbury College is for weddings and I can see why. It is hard to imagine a nicer place to say, “I do”.
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