LaGrange College, Alabama's First Chartered College, "The West Point of the South" in Leighton, ALThursday, September 15, 2005
Av and I visited the site of LaGrange College this weekend. The town of LaGrange AL, on a 'spur' of the Cumberland Mountain, was founded around 1822, and at one time more than 400 people lived there, mostly as a summer resort which they referred to as "Rocky Hill". Previously Chickasaw land, it was considered holy to the Indians who had lived there, and they vowed when they were forced out that the land would be cursed because it had been taken from them.
Today the town is sometimes called the 'vanished village'.
LaGrange college was founded in 1830, and the University of North Alabama, in Florence, considers LaGrange as its predecessor - so this year, UNA is celebrating its 175th year.
The monument reads:
Chartered in 1830 by Act of
the Legislature of Alabama
An Insitution of High Order for Men
Attended Chiefly by Students
From the Southern States
The College was Burned April 28, 1863
By Federal Cavalry Commanded by
Colonel Florence M. Cornyn
Under General Granville Dodge
Bishop Robert Paine 1830-1846
Dr. Edward Wadsworth 1846-1852
James W. Hardy 1852-1853
Rev. Smith Moore 3 months 1853
Dr. R. H. Rivers 1854-1855
Rev. Felix Johnson 1855-1858
Col. J.W. Robertson 1858-1862