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Abingdon in Washington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Martha Washington College

 
 
Martha Washington College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 14, 2011
1. Martha Washington College Marker
Inscription. The McCabe Lodge No. 56, Independent Order of Odd Fellows decided in 1853 to establish a women's college named after Martha Washington. The Holston Conference of the Methodist Church assumed control of the project by 1858. That same year the conference purchased the Gen. Francis Preston House (ca. 1832) to house the college. In 1860, the first classes were held at Martha Washington College. Several additions were made to the college's main building over the next 70 years. The school merged with nearby Emory & Henry College in 1918. In 1921 Martha Washington became a junior college but closed in 1931. In 1937, the former main college building was converted into the Martha Washington Inn.
 
Erected 2000 by Virgnia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-56.)
 
Location. 36° 42.624′ N, 81° 58.513′ W. Marker is in Abingdon, Virginia, in Washington County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles north of Cummings Street (Alternate U.S. 58), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 West Main Street, Abingdon VA 24210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barter Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker);
Wide view of the Martha Washington College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 14, 2011
2. Wide view of the Martha Washington College Marker
Stonewall Jackson Female Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor John B. Floyd (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abingdon (about 400 feet away); Abingdon in the Civil War (about 700 feet away); Boyhood Home of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Black’s Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Campbell (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Abingdon.
 
Also see . . .
1. History | Martha Washington Inn. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. The Martha Washington Inn – One of the Most Haunted Places in Virginia. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Education
 
Martha Washington Inn Hotel and Spa (1832) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 14, 2011
3. Martha Washington Inn Hotel and Spa (1832)
Originally built into a private residence, later expanded as the main building for Martha Washington College, it served as a Civil War-era hospital. Today it is the Martha Washington Inn Hotel and Spa
 
 
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