Bristol College, Pennsylvania

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White Hall of Bristol College
Bristol College 1919.JPG
Bristol College as it appeared circa 1919
Bristol College, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Bristol College, Pennsylvania
Bristol College, Pennsylvania is located in the US
Bristol College, Pennsylvania
Location 701-721 Shadyside Ave., Croydon, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°4′48″N 74°54′8″W / 40.08000°N 74.90222°W / 40.08000; -74.90222Coordinates: 40°4′48″N 74°54′8″W / 40.08000°N 74.90222°W / 40.08000; -74.90222
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1834
Architect Davis, Alexander Jackson
Architectural style Greek Revival
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Added to NRHP January 12, 1984

Bristol College, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was an Episcopal college founded in 1833 by the Episcopal Education Society and chartered in 1834. It was based on the "manual labour system", combining education with agricultural work. The founding principal was Chauncey Colton and Caleb Sprague Henry was professor of moral and intellectual philosophy. The college closed in 1837.

The college was built on the banks of the Delaware River about three miles from Bristol. The White Hall of the College, built by Alexander Jackson Davis in Greek Revival style, is on the National Register of Historic Places. White Hall was used as a hospital during the Civil War, and from 1868 through the 1880s as an orphanage for the children of colored soldiers.[2]

The center columned section of the last remaining building, White Hall was condemned and later demolished in the 1980s. The East and West wings still stand and act as apartments.

Remains of White Hall, part of Bristol College from May 2008. Center section was demolished in the 1980s and the East and West wings remain as apartments.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Lavoie, Catherine (October 3, 1990). "WHITE HALL OF BRISTOL COLLEGE - Data Pages" (PDF). Historical American Buildings Survey. National Park Service. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Joseph J. McCadden (1978). Education in Pennsylvania, 1801-1835 and Its Debt to Robert Vaux. Ayer Publishing. pp. 65–66. ISBN 0-405-01438-4. 
  • J.P. Wickersham (1969). History of Education in Pennsylvania. Ayer Publishing. pp. 424–425. ISBN 0-405-01491-0. 
  • A History of Bristol Borough in the County of Bucks, State of Pennsylvania by Doron Green 1911

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