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“Cute and quaint college in small town” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University
Jefferson St. (Rte. 11), Lexington, VA
540/463-8768
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: Established in 1749, Washington and Lee University is the ninth-oldest college in the United States.
Plano, Texas
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“Cute and quaint college in small town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Washington Lee was a very cute and small university. You felt like going back in town when in town. Take an afternoon to stroll the campus and see the facilities.

Visited May 2013
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Everyone should stop on their way through Lexington. An amazing campus with an amazing history. Make sure to go to the Lee Chapel to see the General's final resting place as well as that of his horse Traveler.

Visited August 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Beautiful and interesting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The chapel here was delightful with painting of Washington and Lee. There was a fascinating museum about both of them under the chapel. This is very well organized and informative. There is also a shop here with great stuff at fair prices.

The grounds were lovely and there is parking too - lovey area.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Lee made his mark here, too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We had visited the wonderful small town of Lexington, Virginia, on three previous occasions and always admired the row of white-columned, red-brick buildings that is the facade of Washington & Lee University. But until our most recent trip, we had never bothered to walk beyond the facade. What a wonderful experience. Founded in 1749 as Augusta Academy, then became Liberty Hall Academy, then was changed to Washington Academy in 1796 in gratitude for George Washington's gift of $20,000. Later, it was changed to Washington & Lee in respect to Robert E. Lee, who served as president from 1865 to his death in 1870 and is credited for instilling a sense of personal honor and integrity in the college and its students. Lee also introduced innovative programs and principles that distinguish the university to this day. For example, he added a law school and the nations' first journalism program. Washington & Lee is a liberal arts college with an enrollment of about 2,200 students. They come from 54 countries and more than 80 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The university has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9-to-1 and more than 70 percent of the classes have 20 or fewer students. It is a beautiful campus with fraternity houses on one side and sorority houses on the other. The football stadium is a gem. Washington & Lee competes in the NCAA's Division III level. Twenty-five percent of the study body participate in 24 varsity sports. Until you walk the campus, until you get past Lee Chapel and Washington Hall and the facade of buildings that are the postcard of the university, you don't realize how large the school really is. Be sure to obtain a campus map at the campus bookstore or at the Lexington visitor's center.

Visited July 2013
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Dumfries, Virginia
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“Gorgeous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

A picturesque campus and great for walking around and seeing the adjoining sites. It is right next to VMI and has the Lee Chapel on site.

Visited October 2012
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