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August 16, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute

Buckingham_Female Collegiate Institute

Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute

The Civil War brought classes to end at Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute; however, the grand building stood for decades.  On March 17, 1906, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported its demise:

The Institute at Gravel Hill burned…

Old Institute Burns. (Special to The Times-Dispatch.) GRAVEL HILL, BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, VA., March 16.—The remains, of the old Buckingham Institute was burned to the ground a few days ago. Mr. John Chandler owned the property. He used a part of the old building for a stable and feed-house. The building caught fire from some burning brush from outside. Mr. Chandler came near being burnt up trying to save some of his things in the building.

For more about the founding and history of the college, consult “A Noble Idea: Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute” in “At a Place Called Buckingham.

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