Thursday Doors: Davidson College
Last week I showed you some photos of my small town. Today, December 28th, it is absolutely a spring day, (high 60’s) so I am strolling the campus of Davidson College, the town’s backbone. In the spring of 1835 a small group of Presbyterian churchmen got together in the home of William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina militia general during the American Revolutionary War. The men wanted to build a college, but the designated property had to meet strict requirements. It had to be land between two thriving big cities, Charlotte and Statesville, and “remarkably healthful, being free from malaria and other local causes of sickness.” It would be established for the education of young men for the gospel ministry, as well as planned as a self supporting manual labor institution; meaning all the students at that time were obligated to work in the fields three hours a day in the Manual Labor program.
By 1840 there were four faculty members (one also served as president) and eighty students. Upon arrival each student would go to each professor, where they would be given an entrance exam in each subject.
The college was here first and the town was built up around the college. The original name of the town was Davidson College. The college owned so much property it was decided to dispose of some of the land opposite the campus, by selling lots for houses. They offered a 99 year lease and a great deal of control over the behavior of its tenants. Anyone leasing a lot “could not vend, barter, traffic, give or deal in any way in ardent spirits, wine, cider, gin, porter, ale or any other kind of intoxicating liquor.” Many of these lots were bought by the professors to build their homes on and in later years some of the larger homes were turned into boarding houses for the students.
Last week I photographed the one block shopping area of our town across from Davidson College. Here is a view of Main Street from the college!
The students raised most of the money to build the private meeting halls; the Philanthropic Literary Society Hall, and the Eumenean Literary Society Hall, where social life was centered. Most of the students belonged to one or the other with a passionate loyalty. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1837 there were three small dormitories to accommodate the students. Each narrow building had four separate rooms with each room opening to the outside. They were called, “The Rows”; Oak and Elm.
I wanted to photograph some of the newer buildings as well ……..
And the grounds feature an arboretum and the trees are tagged for identification.
Today, Davidson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to cultivating humane instincts and disciplined, creative minds. Their lingo not mine. I hope that means graduates will be able to get a job!
See you in the New Year!
This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0! Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?
PS……………….The BIG NEWS!!!! I have been working on a new blog site since October! So I will introduce it on January 1st! I will no longer be posting on this site after January 1st, although it will remain up to view. I have 3 years of work on this blog, too much to let just disappear!! My new blog features my photos much better and on the computer the website fills the entire screen! I hated having all the wasted space in my background, although I loved the black, it made my photos POP! Well, I was up for a change! So, I hope to continue to hear from all of you in the New Year! Look for me at https://www.The CadyLuckLeedy.com, BUT NOT UNTIL THE 1ST OF JANUARY!!!!!!
12 Responses to “Thursday Doors: Davidson College”
What a lovely area. I absolutely love the shadows and lighting on that first shot and that church is just beautiful. Thanks for the tour 🙂
I know Norm, I liked those shadows as well! See you next year! Happy New Year!
Elm Row is simple pretty, I love those doors and overhangs. But it’s all lovely, thank you for sharing.
Thank you Joey! Happy New Year to you!
Love the entrance with the 6 pillars. Looks like a lovely campus! A happy New Year and wish you success with your new blog!
It’s a beautiful campus, and it does look like you had a lovely day for your doorscursion.
I love the transom window above the Church door with the nice tree and leaves reflected in it.
Happy New Year! I’ll find you on your new site in the new year.
Thank you! I liked all the shadows in these shots! It was the perfect day for photography! Well just about any day is, some are just better than others!
I love the shadows in the first shot as well and the way the new buildings blend with the old. What a lovely place!
On the blog front, I periodically contemplate trying a new format that shows off my photos better, but just haven’t gotten around to trying any. Was it difficult to try various themes?
Janet, every year I have changed my ‘look.’ It was a simple matter of WordPress ‘pasting’ my blog into a new blog, and it never looked like the new blog was intended to look! But, I went with the flow! This year when I wanted to try something new I wanted the new blog to look exactly as intended and in order to do that I had to start all over. There was a big learning curve for me because I didn’t know how how to do some of the stuff on the new site. The ‘Pages’ were new for me and it took me awhile to figure out how to do the photos and to get everything where I wanted them! But, I am very happy with it! I hope you tell me what you think about it! January 1st is The Day!
I love the doors and history and nature – what a beautiful fair weather walk!!
And my all time fav is the photo with the double white doors and the wreaths – something about a white wooden door with holiday wreaths – love that look.
Happy new year and see you at the new blog.
Love the play of light and shadow on that first photo!
That’s what got me as well! Thanks for taking a look! I hope you were looking on my new blog!