Ferrum College Buildings Placed on Historic Registries

John Wesley Hall at Ferrum CollegeFerrum, Va. (May 27, 2014) – Eight Ferrum College buildings have been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places. The newly designated Historic District constitutes the historic core campus of the College, located in the Village of Ferrum in Franklin County, Virginia.

The Historic District contains eight buildings of brick, concrete, and frame construction built between 1914 and 1942, primarily in the Colonial Revival style with other secondary stylistic influences. They include Stratton House, circa 1915; Spilman-Daniel House, circa 1914; John Wesley Hall, 1914-15; Beckham Hall, 1917; Roberts Hall, 1921; Schoolfield Hall, 1925; Richeson Hall, 1939-40; and Britt Hall, 1941-42. 

“This designation is particularly significant as we come to the end of our 100th anniversary celebrations this year,” said Ferrum’s president, Jennifer Braaten. “These historic campus buildings, several of which were among the first to accommodate the students at Ferrum Training School, contribute greatly to the beauty and character of the campus. They are a testament to those who had the vision to build a school for mountain children that endures to this day as Ferrum College.”

Vaughan Webb, co-director of the College’s Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, noted that the buildings bear many of the classic elements of educational architecture from the periods in which they were constructed. “It’s great having the designation of Ferrum College’s campus core as an official Historic District during the College’s centennial year,” said Webb. “These buildings are full of character, and each is a story in itself.”

According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources webpage, “registration is an honor bestowed on historic properties by the state and federal governments. It recognizes the historic value of a property and encourages present and future owners to continue to exercise good stewardship.” Visit www.dhs.virginia.gov for additional information about the National Register and the Virginia Landmarks Register.


About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College celebrates its centennial during 2013-2014. For more information, visit www.ferrum.edu.