Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Built in 1806 by Jett Thomas to the specifications of college president Josiah Meigs, Old College was the first permanent building on the University of Georgia campus. Originally named Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the building served as housing, dining, and classroom facilities for the fledgling University. As the campus grew the building came to be known as Old College. Condemned as structurally unsound by 1906, the building was largely rebuilt and rededicated in 1908 at the behest of preservation-minded alumni. During World War II, Old College was utilized as barracks by the U.S. Navy. In recognition of the building's significance, a full rehabilitation was completed in 2006 in observation of its bicentennial.
Erected 2006 by Georgia Historical Society and the University of Georgia. (Marker Number 29-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.35′ N, 83° 22.45′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker can be reached from East Broad Street (U.S. 78) 0 miles west of South Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the North Campus of the University of Georgia,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Baldwin (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Classes (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Toombs Oak (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herty Field (about 500 feet away); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (about 600 feet away); Old Athens Cemetery (about 600 feet away); The Red and Black (about 700 feet away); First Garden Club (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Regarding Old College. Old College was completed in 1806 after the University had been chartered in 1785. The building is a copy of Connecticut Hall at Yale University, alma mater of Abraham Baldwin, first president of the University of Georgia, and Josiah Meigs, the second. The University of Georgia was the nation's first state university.
Also see . . . The Old College Compendium. The UGA's Hargrett Library's history of the Old College: For over two hundred years Old College (Submitted on November 1, 2015.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Education •
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