Liberty Hall Site

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Liberty Hall Site
Ruins Liberty Hill Washington and Lee University Lexington Virginia.jpg
Nearest cityLexington, Virginia
Area3.7 acres (1.5 ha)
Built1793 (1793)
NRHP reference #77001493[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 16, 1977

The Liberty Hall Site is where the remains of the early predecessor of Washington and Lee University are to be found. The Liberty Hall Academy was chartered as a degree-granting institution by the Virginia legislature in 1782, and was first located in a wood frame building near Lexington, Virginia. This first building burned down in 1783, as did its replacement in 1790. In 1793 a new three-story stone building was constructed, as was a steward's house; these buildings were followed in subsequent years by additional buildings.[2] The roof of the main school building caught fire in 1802, and the ensuing blaze gutted the building's interior. It was declared unfit to restore, and the institution relocated into Lexington.[3] The university conducted excavations of the site in the 1970s.[4]

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Liberty Hall Academy". Washington and Lee University. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  3. ^ "A Change of Name and Location". Washington and Lee University. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  4. ^ "Student Life at Liberty Hall". Washington and Lee University. Retrieved 2014-03-31.

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