— Prince Edward County —Founded on March 5, 1839 as the Farmville Female Seminary Association, Longwood is one of the oldest colleges originally for women in the country. In 1842 the cornerstone was laid for the first true college building, which is today known as Ruffner Hall. The College was fortunate to make it through most of the Civil War unscathed. It wasn't until the last few days of the War, as Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his troops retreated from advancing Federal forces through Farmville, that a skirmish ensued on High Street. According to one account, "Minie balls felI about the building (Ruffner)— one crashed through a window where several girls were standing, and when they had recovered from their panic, their friends in gray had vanished Iike the phantom of a dream."
|Placed By||Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail?|
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:38am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 730754 N 4131420|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30080000, -78.39650000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.048', W 78° 23.79'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 2.88" N, 78° 23' 47.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 150 Chambers St, Farmville VA 23909, US|
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