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Near Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

America's Oldest Agriculture College

 
 
America's Oldest Agriculture College Marker Photo, Click for full size
April 18, 2009
1. America's Oldest Agriculture College Marker
Inscription. A mile north of here, on Oatlands Road, stands the stone and stucco building, erected in 1854 as Loudoun and Mechanical Institute. Its three founders were prominent County agrarian scientists. Unfortunately, America's first agricultural college, Loudoun A&M, failed to thrive and in 1860 folded.

On June 17, 1863, John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers were resting at the school's site and observed the dust clouds from the ferocious Battle of Aldie taking place here.

In 1916, the school building and property became the headquarters of the National Beagle Club, where today are held the annual beagle trials. In 1982, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by Snickersville Turnpike Association.
 
Location. 38° 59.521′ N, 77° 39.824′ W. Marker is near Aldie, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Snickersville Turnpike (Virginia Route 734), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aldie VA 20105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Aldie (a few steps from this marker); Snickersville Turnpike (approx. one mile away); A Revolutionary War Hero
America's Oldest Agriculture College Marker Photo, Click for full size
April 18, 2009
2. America's Oldest Agriculture College Marker
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stuart and Bayard (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cavalry Battles (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sergeant Major John Champe (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mercerís Home (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aldie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Loudoun Agricultural and Mechanical Institute. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (.pdf) (Submitted on April 27, 2009.) 

2. Snickersville Turnpike Association, The Pike Packet. On page 3 of the the March, 2008 newsletter is an article entitled, Virginia's Oldest Agriculture Institute. (Submitted on April 27, 2009.) 

3. Battle of Aldie. National Park Service Summary (Submitted on April 27, 2009.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureWar, US Civil
 
America's Oldest Agriculture College Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 7, 2009
3. America's Oldest Agriculture College Marker
The marker stands at a pulloff, along with a marker for the battle of Aldie and a monument for the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry.
The Historic Institute Building Photo, Click for full size
April 27, 2009
4. The Historic Institute Building
Built c. 1854, this view is the north side.
Plaques on Door Photo, Click for full size
April 27, 2009
5. Plaques on Door

Institute Farm
has been registered as a
Virginia
Historic
Landmark

pursuant to the authority vested in the
Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission
Act of 1966

This Property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

By the United States
Department of the Interior
 
 
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