Old Main Virtual Museum Page
 

 

SOME INTERESTING HISTORY CONCERNING OLD MAIN

OLD MAIN:
    When did Old Main become Old Main?

"OLD MAIN" 1908:
   A room-by-room description of Old Main published in 1908.
       Exterior appearance in 1908
       Section 1 (1898 Building) College Hall
       Section 2 (1870 Building) College Hall
       Section 3 (1899 Building) Normal School/Academic Building
       Section 4 (1896 Building) Academic Building
       Section 5 (1907 Building) Academic/Adminstration Building

A SHORT HISTORY OF MARSHALL COLLEGE
        Benjamin H. Thackston’s 1900 history of Marshall College.

A HISTORY OF MARSHALL ACADEMY, MARSHALL COLLEGE, AND MARSHALL COLLEGE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL
       Virgil Lewis’ history of Marshall College, written between 1910 and 1912

FORGOTTEN CAMPUS LANDMARKS ASSOCIATED WITH OLD MAIN

THE BEECH TREE:
   A centuries-old tree that once stood in front of Old Main.
             Cora Teel, " The Beech Tree"
             Photographs:
The Leafless Tree; The Trunk; Initials; Stump
             The Grand Mace. The Beech Tree lives in this object.

THE RAVINE:
   A long forgotten small brook that once flowed east of Old Main.
             Marie White, " The Ravine"
             Erville Sowards, "
The Ravine"
             1905 Catalog, "
The Ravine"
             Photographs:
Ravine; Ravine

THE OLD SYCAMORE TREE:
    A massive tree south of College Hall.
             Photographs: Winter; Under the tree

THE ROSE GARDEN:
    A beautiful garden plot east of College Hall.

THE CANNAE BEDS:
    Colorful beds of flowers south of College Hall.
              Girls among the Cannae Beds;   More Girls;  and even More Girls
             The Cannae Beds from the Southeast and Southwest

THE TERRACE:
    The rise of land on Marshall College's north side.
             Photographs: Girls on the Terrace;  Stairs;  View West;  View East

COLLEGE HALL VERANDA:
    The spacious veranda on the north side of College Hall.
             Photographs: Veranda; Veranda; Porch; Porch; Path; Veranda today

THE OLD CAMPUS TREES:
    Marshall College's Old Campus on its northeastern side.

THE YOUNG MEN'S ATHLETIC GROUNDS:
    Marshall College's athletic field.

LITERARY SOCIETIES THAT MET IN OLD MAIN

THE EROSOPHIAN LITERARY SOCIETY:
   One of Marshall's first literary societies.

THE VIRGINIAN LITERARY SOCIETY:
   Another literary society.

OLD MAIN AND FOUR OF ITS FLOODS

THE 1913 FLOOD:
   The first major flood of the twentieth century hits Marshall.
THE 1933 FLOOD:
   A second flood inundates the campus.
THE 1936 FLOOD:
   Yet another flood inundates the campus.
THE 1937 FLOOD:
   The Ohio River rose high enough to flood the basement of Old Main.


Page last modified 13 September 2004. | Maintained by the Lisle Brown, Curator, Special Collection
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