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Blackstone in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blackstone College

 
 
Blackstone College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
1. Blackstone College Marker
Inscription.  Three blocks south is the campus of the former Blackstone Female Institute, after 1915 Blackstone College for Girls, a teacher-training school that opened in 1894 with some 75 students including 29 boarders. James Cannon Jr., a controversial Methodist bishop and prohibitionist, twice served as chief administrator (1894-1911, 1914-1918). In 1906, U.S. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie donated money to expand the main building. The Beaux-Arts president's home, called The Gables, was built in 1915. Enrollment neared 500 before fires in 1920 and 1922 destroyed the classroom and dormitory buildings. Rebuilt on a smaller scale, the college operated until 1950. It became the Virginia Methodist Assembly Center in 1955.
 
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-174.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducation.
 
Location. 37° 4.65′ N, 78° 0.479′ W. Marker is in Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is at the intersection
Church St & College Ave (facing east). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
2. Church St & College Ave (facing east).
of Church Street (Business U.S. 460) and College Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blackstone VA 23824, 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. Jamestown Oaks (approx. ¼ mile away); Blackstone Female Institute (approx. ¼ mile away); Blackstone (approx. half a mile away); Black’s and White’s Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); Nottoway Training School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union Academy (approx. 1.3 miles away); Creation of Camp Pickett (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battle of Nottoway (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blackstone.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 21, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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