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Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Liberty Hall Academy

1782 - 1803

 
 
Liberty Hall Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dan Fisher, June 20, 2010
1. Liberty Hall Academy Marker
Inscription. Washington and Lee University traces its origins to Augusta Academy, a small classical school established din 1749 by Scotch-Irish pioneers some twenty mile north of Lexington. In 1776, the patriotic fervor of the American Revolution caused Augusta Academy Trustees to change its name to Liberty Hall. In 1782, the same year that the school relocated at this site, the Virginia legislature chartered the institution as Liberty Hall Academy and granted it the authority to confer degrees upon its graduates. After two wooden academic buildings burned, the stone building depicted above was constructed in 18793. After George Washington bestowed a major benefaction upon the school in 1796, grateful Trustees changed the name to Washington Academy. In 1803, the academy again fell victim to the ravages of a fire that left standing only the walls that remain on the site. In the fire's aftermath, the school relocated at its present site in Lexington and in 1813 became Washington College. In 1870, upon the death of its president, Robert E. Lee, its name was changed a final time to Washington and Lee University.
 
Location. 37° 47.556′ N, 79° 27.026′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on Woods Creek Road 0.1 miles north of West Nelson Street (U.S. 60), on the
Liberty Hall Academy Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Dan Fisher, June 20, 2010
2. Liberty Hall Academy Ruins
left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington VA 24450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty Hall Academy Ruins (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Last Home of Traveller (approx. half a mile away); Lee-Jackson House (approx. half a mile away); John Chavis (approx. half a mile away); Morris House (approx. half a mile away); Washington and Lee University (approx. half a mile away); Cyrus Hall McCormick (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Robinson (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .
1. Liberty Hall Project. Washington & Lee University Archaeology Program (Submitted on June 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Washington & Lee University. (Submitted on June 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USColonial EraEducationPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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