pictured is the wren building on the campus of the college of william and mary. the college of william and mary was founded by reverend james blair in 1693. the school is named after king william III and queen mary II who issued a royal charter to fund the school. the college of william and mary is the second oldest college in the united states after harvard university. famous alumni of william and mary are presidents thomas jefferson, james monroe, john tyler, and 16 signers of the declaration of independence. the college of william and mary was closed during the civil war and it's buildings were used as confederate barracks and later a field hospital. in september 1862 drunken soldiers of 5 th pennsylvania cavalry set fire to the college building and the wren building. for those interested in architecture and history the campus of the college of william and mary is well worth a visit when in williamsburg.
The College of William and Mary in Virginia was founded in 1693 by a Royal Charter issued by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. With the cessation of the War for independence in 1776, the college severed its ties to England. During the Civil War the college closed because the Confederate Army conscripted all the male students. In 1779 Thomas Jefferson established Honor System at William & Mary's. Almost every entering student recites the Honor Pledge during orientation week in the Wren Building pledging:
"As a Member of the William & Mary community I pledge, on my Honor, not to lie, cheat, or steal in either my academic or personal life. I understand that such acts violate the Honor Code and undermine the community of trust of which we are all stewards."
Some of the school's past graduates include:
U.S. Supreme Court:
Chief Justice John Marshall
The 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Noted legal scholar George Wythe
Graduate schools at William and Mary:
William & Mary Law School (Marshall-Wythe)
Mason School of Business
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy
School of Education
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The Wren Building is described as the oldest educational building in continuous use in the United States.
Founded in 1693, the College of William and Mary is the second oldest educational institution in the U.S. Visitors can walk around its beautiful campus and visit some of its building, including the Sir Christopher Wren building (1695-1699).
Some of WM's most illustrious students include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and, more recently, Jon Stewart (host of the Daily Show)!
The Wren Building, located in Colonial Williamsburg, is the oldest academic structure in use in America. The building is used by the College of William and Mary, which is the 2nd oldest college in the USA, behind Harvard.
The Wren Building was started in 1695 and restored by John D. Rockefeller in the 1920's. The building has also served as a hospital, for the French during the American Revolution, and for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The building was destroyed and looted in 1862 by Union troops.
The College of William and Mary uses the building for classes, receptions, and other special occasions. The chapel on the 2nd floor is used for weddings and student church services. The 1st floor is used as an exhibition for Colonial Williamsburg.
The College of William & Mary is the second oldest college in America, second only to Harvard, thus the oldest college in the South.
The second oldest college in America,the best small public college and Alma Mater to Thomas Jefferson, Jon Stewart and my friend Jason, so basically its has to be a cool place.