Colleges and Universities
FOR THOSE PARENTS DOING WASHINGTON & LEE AND VMI CAMPUS TOURS & INTERVIEWS
Our 31 Year Tradition of Service to Our W & L & VMI Parents has included our invitation to the their students to join them for our legendary breakfasts at the Lodge as our guests.
Our visitors to the colleges here find the delightful 2 minute drive to both campuses and admission houses here most convenient. We will get you started with Blue Ribbon breakfast and keep you on time for your campus tour or other appointment.The two colleges, Washington and Lee University-c. 1749, and Virginia Military Institute founded 1839 have beautiful adjoining campuses and both are steeped in history.
There are many historical ties with Civil War study most interesting. Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson taught at VMI until the war and General Robert E. Lee came to Lexington after the War to become President of what is now Washington & University. Both are buried in the town they both loved. The Lee Chapel and museum pays honor to General Lee. President George Washington was the first major donor to what is now Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee University
Washington & Lee University was originally founded as Augusta Academy in 1749, 20 miles awayfrom the current campus, making it the 9th oldest U.S. university. The campus was moved to Lexington in 1776 and renamed Liberty Hall Academy. The school ran into financial trouble in the 1790's and luckily General George Washington stepped in to provide the school's 1st endowment of $20,000 in James River Canal Stock which kept the school in operation. In 1813 the newly named private all male Washington College was holding class where the current campus is today.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee came to Lexington 1865 after the Civil War to become President of the university. The college had $67 in its checking account at this time. His goal was to do ''all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony'' in the South. General Lee served as President until his death in 1870. The school name was changed to Washington & Lee University . The school went co-ed in 1985, today there are over 1800 undergrads. An additional 400 attend the Washington & Lee University School of Law. the Lee Chapel and Museum on the Colannade where General Lee is buried is free to the public, Lee's office is on display just as he left it.
Distances to Other Colleges- Driving Time
University of Virginia 1 hour Va. Tech 1 1/2 hour
Richmond 2 1/4 hours Georgetown 3 hours
Duke 4 Hours Davidson 4 hours
Wake Forest 4 hours UNC 4 hours
James Madison 1 hour Mary Baldwin-35 minutes
Southern Virginia U 7 minutes Sweet Briar- 1 hour
Hollins 45 minutes Randolph 1 hour
William & Mary 2 3/4 hour Liberty 1 hour
Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
VMI, the nation's oldest state supported school. was founded in 1839. The post joins the Washington and Lee University campus in town. It is one of six military schools in the country and the current enrollment is right at1500 cadets. Confederate General Thomas ''Stonewall'' Jackson taught there prior to the Civil War. World War II General George C. Marshall was a VMI and the Marshall museum on post honors him and is open to the public. The VMI Museum is also on post and has many exhibits that cover the history of the school. ''Stonewall'' Jackson's horse Little Sorell is on mounted display along with the rain jacket the General wore on the night he was shot. A very impressive antique gun collection can be found on the second floor down from the chapel level. Full Dress parades are always a favorite with guests as the Corp of Cadets march through the huge Parade ground. These are free to the public and they are scheduled on many Friday afternoons and other special occasions when school is in session August-May.
"You May Be Whatever You Resolve To Be"
Stonewall Jackson - Entrance to the VMI Barracks
Other Stonewall Jackson Quotes
- Motto: "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
- "The time for war has not come yet, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard."
- "Once you get them running, you stay right on top of them, and that way a small force can defeat a large one every time... Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength."
- "Never take counsel of your fears."
- "Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me." He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: "That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave."
- "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees . . ."(last words)
SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY-- Buena Vista
This independent liberal arts college is 6 miles east of Lexington in Buena Vista, Va. The student enrollment is around 800.