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Mary Baldwin College

 
 
Mary Baldwin College Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
1. Mary Baldwin College Marker
Inscription. The oldest college for women related to the Presbyterian Church, U. S. Founded 1842 by Rufus W. Bailey as Augusta Female Seminary; renamed in 1895 to honor Mary Julia Baldwin, pioneer woman educator and Principal, 1863–1897.
 
Erected 1981 by Virginia State Library. (Marker Number I-17.)
 
Location. 38° 9.042′ N, 79° 4.302′ W. Marker is in Staunton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Frederick Street and North New Street (Business Virginia Route 11), on the right on East Frederick Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Staunton VA 24401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T. J. Collins & Son (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Augusta National Bank Building (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson (about 700 feet away); Augusta County (about 700 feet away); Augusta County World War I Memorial Tablet
Mary Baldwin College Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
2. Mary Baldwin College Marker
Frederick Street is in the foreground. New Street continues its climb uphill between the marker and the house in the distance.
(about 700 feet away); Ast Building (about 800 feet away); Woodrow Wilson Birthplace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Alexander Humphreys (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staunton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Happy Birthday, Mary Julia Baldwin. 2005 article by Morgan Alberts Smith 99. “Miss Baldwin kept the school open during the Civil War and was able to increase the enrollment from a wartime low of six students to more than 250. She was also clever in real estate. When she took over the school it had one building. At the time of her death in 1897, she had acquired 14.5 acres including campus and a nearby farm, and she gave all of it to the seminary” (Submitted on October 11, 2008.) 

2. Augusta County: "Miss Baldwin: A Brief Memoir," by Armistead C. Gordon, March 6, 1925. From the Valley of the Shadow Project (Submitted on March 18, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Mary Baldwin
Grafton Library, Mary Washington College image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
3. Grafton Library, Mary Washington College
College (Augusta Female Seminary) and the Civil War

By 1863, the stresses of the Civil War threatened to close the Augusta Female Seminary. At one point, attendance was no more than six students. Accordingly, an appeal was made by the secretary of the Board of Trustees to Mary Julia Baldwin to accept appointment as principal. Baldwin took the position, ultimately reformed the curriculum and remained at the school's helm for thirty-four years.
    — Submitted March 18, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.

 
Categories. Education
 
Administration Building, Mary Baldwin College image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
4. Administration Building, Mary Baldwin College
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Additional campus photos • Photos of Miss Baldwin’s gravesite. • Can you help?
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