Liberty Hall Ruins
Washington and Lee has its beginnings in a small classical school called Augusta Academy, founded in 1749 by Scotch-Irish pioneers, some 20 miles north of what is now Lexington. In 1776, the trustees changed the name of the school to Liberty Hall. Four years later the school was moved to the vicinity of Lexington, where in 1782 it was chartered as Liberty Hall Academy. The ruins of the limestone building erected to house Liberty Hall Academy in 1793 are preserved today as a symbol of the institution's honored past.
DID YOU KNOW?
George Washington's initial gift of $20,000 in stock to what is now Washington and Lee University continues to benefit W&L students over 200 years later.