“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Farmville Female Seminary Association

Farmville, Virginia


—Prince Edward County —

Farmville Female Seminary Association CRIEHT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 29, 2010
1. Farmville Female Seminary Association CRIEHT Marker
Inscription. Founded on March 5, 1839 as the Farmville Female Seminary Association, Longwood is one of the oldest colleges originally for women in the country. In 1842 the cornerstone was laid for the first true college building, which is today known as Ruffner Hall. The College was fortunate to make it through most of the Civil War unscathed. It wasn’t until the last few days of the War, as Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his troops retreated from advancing Federal forces through Farmville, that a skirmish ensued on High Street. According to one account, “Minie balls felI about the building (Ruffner)— one crashed through a window where several girls were standing, and when they had recovered from their panic, their friends in gray had vanished Iike the phantom of a dream.”

In 1884 the Commonwealth of Virginia acquired the property, renaming it the State Female Normal School at Farmville, with 110 students. This was the first state-supported institution of higher education for women in Virginia. By 1927 it had a rating as one of the 12 most outstanding state teachers’ colleges in the country, and served as a model for similar colleges across the Commonwealth.

In 1949, after several more name changes, the school became Longwood College, named in recognition of the Longwood Estate, site of the current
(Top) Science lab, 1938 (Bottom) the Rotunda, 1910. image. Click for full size.
2. (Top) Science lab, 1938 (Bottom) the Rotunda, 1910.
president’s residence, Longwood House. In 1972 the first African-American graduated from Longwood, and the College went coeducational in 1976. In 2002 the name changed again to Longwood University, representing the wide variety of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered in a broad range of majors.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 18.048′ N, 78° 23.79′ W. Marker is in Farmville, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker can be reached from High Street (County Route 643) south of St George Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmville VA 23901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Four Sororities Founded (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Veterans Monument (about 500 feet away); Dr. William W. H. Thackston (about 600 feet away); Beulah AME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street - Mayor J. David Crute - EACO Theatre
Commencement in 1968. image. Click for full size.
May 29, 2010
3. Commencement in 1968.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Longwood University (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Longwood College (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
More about this marker. On the left are two photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) Students at work in the science laboratory, 1938-39."
"(Bottom Left) The Rotunda and students, 1910. The Rotunda, the signature historic building on campus burned to the ground in a devastating fire on April 24, 2001 and will be reconstructed."
In the center is a photo of "(Above Center) Members of Delta Sigma Chi Sorority, 1925."
On the right is a photo of "(Above) George W. Jeffers, Professor of Biology; Mildred D. Davis, Associate Professor of English; C.G. Gordon Moss, Professor of History and Social Sciences, Dean of the College and Longwood’s leading civil rights advocate. Pictured here at commencement in 1968."
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Longwood University. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Longwood University campus image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 29, 2010
4. Longwood University campus

Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationWar, US Civil
Ruffner Hall Rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 29, 2010
5. Ruffner Hall Rotunda
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map image. Click for full size.
6. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map
Appomattox County
1. Winonah Camp/Mozella Price Home
2. Carver-Price School
3. Education in 1800's Rural Virginia

Buckingham County
4. One-Room Schoolhouse
5. Carter G. Woodson Birthplace

Cumberland County
6. Hamilton High School
7. Rosenwald School at Cartersville
8. Jackson Davis

Amelia County
9. Russell Grove Presbyterian Church and School
10. Mrs. Samantha Jane Neil

Chesterfield County
11. Virginia State University

12. Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia
13. McKenney Library
14. The Peabody-Williams School

Dinwiddie County
15. Southside Virginia Training Center
16. Rocky Branch School
17. Early Education in Dinwiddie County

Nottoway County
18. Blackstone Female Institute
19. Mt. Nebo Church
20. Ingleside Training Institute

Lunenburg County
21. The People's Community Center
22. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School

Prince Edward County
23. Prince Edward County Public Schools
24. R. R. Moton High School
25. Farmville Female Seminary Association
26. First Baptist Church
27. Beulah AME Church
28. Hampden-Sydney College

Charlotte County
29. Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus
30. Charlotte County Library
31. Salem School

Halifax County
32. Meadville Community Center
33. Mary M. Bethune High School
34. Washington-Coleman Elementary School
35. Mizpah Church

Mecklenburg County
36. Thyne Institute
37. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute

Brunswick County
38. Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus
39. Saint Paul's College
40. Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd
41. Fort Christanna
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