Old Main Virtual Museum Page
   Old Main occupies a site once known as Maple Grove, about two miles below the village of Guyandotte. It was a grassy knoll covered by a thick stand of virgin timber: oaks, maples, beeches, and poplars. Maple Grove was a fourth of a mile from the Ohio River, rising some eighty feet above the low water mark of the river. Below the knoll on the east side flowed a small, meandering stream that ran northward through a small ravine to the Ohio River near Holderby's Landing.

   Perhaps as early as the 1820's the local farmers cleared some of the timber and built on the crest of the knoll a crude, one-room log cabin, which they named
Mount Hebron Church. They used the cabin for weekly worship services on Sunday. It was also used for a subscription school, probably during the winter months when the children were not needed for farming.

    Marshall University started its rise from these humble beginnings in 1837 when a number of the local farmers decided that their children required a more fitting school building than the old cabin at Maple Grove.

Page last modified 1 September 2004. | Maintained by the Lisle Brown, Curator, Special Collections
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