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Near Sweet Briar in Amherst County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sweet Briar House

The Founders' Heritage at Sweet Briar College

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 14, 2021
1. Sweet Briar House Marker
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This Italianate villa was the home of College founder Indiana Fletcher Williams from sometime in the 1840s until her death in 1900. When the family acquired the property, it featured a modest modest brick house known as Locust Ridge. The Fletchers renamed it Sweetbriar for the wild roses that bloomed nearby.

Originally built in the early part of the 19th century as a six-room, T-shaped farmhouse, the Fletchers remodeled their home in 1851 in a more fashionable style, adding the arcaded double porch and symmetrical towers. They also established the boxwood plantings that remain today.

In her will, Indiana Fletcher Williams directed that a college be established here in memory of her only daughter, Daisy, who died at the age of 16. Sweet Briar College was chartered in 1901. In the early years, Sweet Briar House served as the president's residence, faculty apartments and the post office. After a fire in 1927, the towers were rebuilt to an even height. In 2001, the Garden Club of Virginia began to restore the boxwood garden and created the brick entrance court, which was dedicated in 2005.

Sweet Briar remains
Sweet Briar House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 14, 2021
2. Sweet Briar House Marker
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the home of the College president and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Sweet Briar Museum, around the corner, is open by appointment and contains artifacts and information about the founding family and the history of Sweet Briar College.
 
Erected by Sweet Briar College.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 37° 33.417′ N, 79° 4.976′ W. Marker is near Sweet Briar, Virginia, in Amherst County. Marker is on Chapel Road just west of Sweet Briar Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 134 Chapel Rd, Sweet Briar VA 24595, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweet Briar Plantation Slave Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Boxwood Alumnae House (about 400 feet away); Sweet Briar College (approx. ¾ mile away); Rucker’s Chapel (approx. 2.1 miles away); James River Batteau (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Amherst Depot (approx. 2.6 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); POW-MIA Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sweet Briar.
 
The Sweet Briar House image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 14, 2021
3. The Sweet Briar House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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