“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ashland in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Randolph-Macon College

Randolph-Macon College Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2008
1. Randolph-Macon College Marker
Inscription. Chartered in 1830 in Boydton, this institution is the oldest Methodist-affiliated college in continuous operation in the United States. It is named for statesmen John Randolph of Virginia and Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina. The college was moved to Ashland in 1868 due to post-Civil War financial difficulties. Chi Beta Phi, a national honorary science fraternity, was founded here in 1916. In the 1890s, the college’s administration founded Randolph-Macon Academy (Front Royal) and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (Lynchburg). The Ashland campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1979.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I-10b.)
Location. 37° 45.513′ N, 77° 28.076′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of England Street (Virginia Route 54) and Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling west on England Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland VA 23005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ashland (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry at Hanover Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); a different
Randolph-Macon College Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2008
2. Randolph-Macon College Marker
marker also named Randolph-Macon College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson's March to Mechanicsville (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Randolph-Macon College (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Ashland (approx. 0.7 miles away); Railroad Company Sees Potential For A Town Among The Slash Pines (approx. 0.7 miles away); Downtown Business Growth Fuels Ashland Expansion (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Ashland.
Also see . . .  Excerpts from Randolph-Macon College: A Southern History 1825-1967. by James Scanlon. “The directors of the [Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad] decided that the college’s presence would increase the population in Ashland, increase the property values of the town, and increase fares. Therefore, the company offered Randolph-Macon a number of inducements. First, it would move, free of charge, the library, apparatus, professors, and officers from Richmond to Ashland. Second, during the maintenance of the college in Ashland, food supplies would be carried free on freight trains (but not on mail or passenger trains) from Richmond’s Bailey Market to Ashland. Third, the company would convey 19½ acres of the race-course track upon erection of permanent buildings. (This land lies about half a mile south of the present campus.) Fourth, there were various arrangements for free or discounted passes for officers, professors, families, and trustees.” (Submitted on June 7, 2008.) 
Additional keywords. Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P)
Categories. Education
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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