Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. On October 6, 1817 the cornerstone was laid with two other presidents present, along with Jefferson...James Madison and James Monroe. In 1825 the first scholars were allowed. UVA was unique in that following Jefferson's wishes the students were allowed to choose their own courses of study...an honor system soon began.
These photos are from the historical side of UVA. Toonces was in law school and rarely really saw this section so we were tourists this weekend...he being almost 30 years out. Ouch!!! That has to hurt. Everything he kept telling me about the Rotunda and The Lawn had to do more with socials.
Jefferson had a dream of an open living and learning environment. It is a highly sought after honor to room on The Lawn. I always love that part of T man's story. I would not have been the student to have been allowed to board at The Lawn. My higher education was more like this student....looking back I wish I'd paid more attention to honors.
Though I've never pulled for UVA I still like visiting this historic section. I find the architecture fascinating....and lovely. The Rotunda was designed after the Pantheon in Rome. The angles, columns, yards, all seem to line up perfectly with one another....beautiful work if you're into buildings.
And then there is my favorite part! The Edgar Allan Poe room. Toonces always forgets where it is and doesn't seem to ever remember that you can indeed see into that room. We argued over that until we found the room and yes you can see inside. Here is Toonces getting attacked by a raven and exclaiming "Nevermore"....along with some Poe shots. I get a kick out of this kind of stuff.
And Poe's room number? Anyone? That is right! 13!
So far the cows haven't come walking home and it isn't snowing so I guess hell didn't freeze over. Who would've thought I Rollie would have a history lesson? I hated history when I was younger and I just have so much trouble with dates. One semester in college I had an A in Calculus, an A in American Lit, an A in Economics and barely a C in my history class? And it was all easy multiple choice tests mostly! Theodore Roosevelt was the only section I remember out of the entire class.....I think that is because they named the Teddy Bear after him.
Wow 4 posts this week! I must be back on track....
Happy Weekend Everyone!
PS- I noticed on some other blog groups that they have a "good mail" system. You randomly mail each other neat little things. You can post the picture of your goodie package when it arrives, it allows us to link to others when we send or receive something.....it becomes a blogroll of it's own. Would some of you guys be interested? I'd organize it here. We would cut off after what, 20 of us? We'd share mailing addresses and just any time send someone on our good mail list a note, a funny card, a surprise..... just let me know if you think you'd like to make our own "good mail" group! (Either comment or email)