“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Emory-Meadow View in Washington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Emory and Henry College

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By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
1. Emory and Henry College Marker
Inscription.  One mile north is Emory and Henry College, founded in 1836, the first institution of higher learning in southwest Virginia. It was named for Bishop John Emory of the Methodist Church and Patrick Henry, the orator of the Revolution. Four bishops of the Methodist Church, three governors, and one United States senator are among its alumni.
Erected 1939 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number I-7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
Location. 36° 45.365′ N, 81° 50.005′ W. Marker is near Emory-Meadow View, Virginia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Highway (U.S. 11) and College Drive (County Route 737), on the right when traveling south on Lee Highway. It is just south of Exit 26, Interstate 81 in the Blacksburg community of Washington County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emory VA 24327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buchanan-Blakemore House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tobias Smyth House (approx.
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By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
2. Emory and Henry College Marker
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1.1 miles away); Emory & Henry College (approx. 1.2 miles away); Donald W. Tendick, Sr., Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, C.S.A. (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mrs. Eliza M. Jones (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Kilmachronan (approx. 5.8 miles away); Landon Boyd (approx. 8 miles away).
Also see . . .  A Brief History of Emory & Henry College. “From its founding until the outbreak of the Civil War, Emory & Henry enjoyed growth in enrollment, expansion of course offerings, and additions to the facilities. When the war came to Southwest Virginia, the college temporarily suspended classes, although the faculty remained on duty; the administration building was used as a Confederate hospital. Immediately after the Civil War, classes resumed, but the political and economic instability of that era made the late 1800’s a time of struggle for the college. With the inauguration of Richard G. Waterhouse as president in 1893 and an improvement in the regional economy, enrollment stabilized and the college began an ambitious building program.” (Submitted on August 20, 2011.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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