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Oglethorpe University

 
 
Oglethorpe University Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, December 7, 2008
1. Oglethorpe University Marker
Inscription. Chartered in 1835 by Georgia Presbyterians near Milledgeville, Oglethorpe University was the first denominational college established in the Deep South. It perished during the Civil War and was briefly revived from 1870 to 1872 in Atlanta. Thornwell Jacobs refounded the University as a private, non-sectarian liberal arts college at the present site in 1915. Land on Peachtree Road was donated by Realtor C.H. Ashford. By 1929 Oglethorpe had acquired about 600 acres, including nearby Silver Lake, a gift from publisher William Randolph Hearst. The Gothic revival architecture on the campus was intended as a "living memorial" to Georgia’s founder, James Edward Oglethorpe. It was inspired by his honorary alma mater, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England. Four buildings of limestone and native granite, built before 1930, were designed by the noted firm of Morgan and Dillon. Phoebe Hearst Memorial Hall, Lumpton Hall with its distinctive bell tower, Hermance Stadium and the Lowry Hall section of Philip Weltner Library are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Crypt of Civilization time capsule, a vault located in Hearst Hall, was sealed in 1940 and is not to be opened until 8113 A.D.
 
Erected 1995 by Georgia Dep. (Marker Number 044-70.)
 
Marker series.
Oglethorpe University Marker, looking north on Peachtree Road toward Lanier Drive image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, December 7, 2008
2. Oglethorpe University Marker, looking north on Peachtree Road toward Lanier Drive
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 52.417′ N, 84° 19.832′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Peachtree Road (Georgia Route 141) and Lanier Drive, on the right when traveling south on Peachtree Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4484 Peachtree Road, Atlanta GA 30319, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Samuel House Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brookhaven Historic District (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Brookhaven Historic District (approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Solomon Goodwin’s Res. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Cross Keys (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Brookhaven Historic District (approx. 1.4 miles away but has been reported missing); 1917 ✯ Camp Gordon ✯ 1919 (approx. 1.5 miles away); 1941 ✯ Naval Air Station Atlanta ✯ 1959 (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. The Marker is located in front of the Oglethorpe University Campus.
 
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Oglethorpe University Marker and the Oglethorpe University Campus. image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, December 7, 2008
3. Oglethorpe University Marker and the Oglethorpe University Campus.
Lupton Hall, one of the most recognizable buildings on the campus, is in the center. (The name is spelled incorrectly on the Marker.) It is one of the three original building on the campus, and was named for John T. Lupton. Lupton Hall has a cast-bell carillon in its tower with fifty-two bells, which chime the quarter hours.
marker. Oglethorpe University marker in Milledgeville where university was founded.
 
Also see . . .  Oglethorpe University from New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USEducationNotable Persons
 
 
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