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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Florida State University Campus

 
 
Florida State University Campus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
1. Florida State University Campus Marker
Inscription. The Florida State University campus is the oldest continuously used site of higher education in the state of Florida. In 1851, the Florida Legislature authorized the establishment of two state seminaries, one east and one west of the Suwannee River. Eager to attract the western seminary, the city of Tallahassee, under the leadership of Intendent (Mayor) Francis Eppes, offered to donate four city lots on which to locate the school and provide $2,000 a year for its operation. The site chosen for the new institution was the crest of "Gallows Hill," located about a half mile west of the center of town. The West Florida Seminary opened in 1857, the first classes being held in a wood frame building erected by the city. Eppes, the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, served for eight years as president of the seminary's governing board. In 1901, the name of the school was changed to Florida State College and in 1909 it became the Florida State College for Women. The Florida Legislature transformed the college into a fully coeducational institution in 1947, creating The Florida State University.
A Florida Heritage Landmark

 
Erected 1997 by the Florida State University and Florida Department of State - Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State. (Marker Number F-374.)
FSU Wescott Building (Administration) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
2. FSU Wescott Building (Administration)

 
Location. 30° 26.449′ N, 84° 17.487′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from South Copeland Street near West College Avenue. Click for map. Located to the right of the front entrance of the Wescott Building. Park across the street at the Wescott Welcome Center on West College Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Copeland Street, Tallahassee FL 32304, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major General David Lang (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prince And Princess Murat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot (approx. half a mile away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Florida Liberty Bell Replica (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Capitol of Florida (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Wescott Building. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. History of Florida State University. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Education
 
Florida State University image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
3. Florida State University
Close up of Wescott Building and marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 7, 2014
4. Close up of Wescott Building and marker
<i>Front Entrance, and Administration Building, Florida State College for Women...</i> image. Click for full size.
By Asheville Post Card Co., circa 1925
5. Front Entrance, and Administration Building, Florida State College for Women...
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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