College Tourcation Day 5: University of Mary Washington


Our family of five plus Papa left Charlottesville late in the evening and drove on to Fredericksburg, Virginia, home of Civil War battlefields and the University of Mary Washington. The University has special significance for us because my mother graduated from this institution when it was the women’s division of UVA. My parents met here and were married in a small chapel nearby.

Day 5: We checked out of our hotel which lies on the outskirts of town between strip malls, grocery stores, and undeveloped fields and headed to the University of Mary Washington. It is a smaller school than those we had visited previously. The campus is really beautiful — colonial red brick buildings set inside a residential neighborhood. We also noticed there is still an imbalance in girls even with its coed status. We were fortunate to arrive at the admissions office just when a tour group was assembling. The only negative on our tour was the dorms; the one they chose to walk us through smelled like mildew. We ate at the cafeteria buffet which the kids thought was quite good. Mary Washington is listed as a best buy in some college guides.

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Next to the University is the Sunken Road, which is a famous Civil War battle site. We explored the area, the cemetery and the little museum located there. These battle sites just leave me sad, but visiting them makes the Civil War more real for someone raised on the West Coast.

University of Mary Washington

Older daughter’s comments: most beautiful campus, good food — lots of options, historical.

Son’s comments: liked the campus, woodsy, all you could eat buffet, so good.

Younger daughter’s comments: liked the campus, liked that Grandma went there.

Hogwarts factor: 1

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