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187-5004 Hargrave Military Academy

Hargrave Military Academy
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VLR Listing Date 09/19/2019

NRHP Listing Date 01/24/2020

NRHP Reference Number RS100004652

Located in Pittsylvania County’s Town of Chatham and established in 1909 as the Chatham Training School, a prestigious private, males-only parochial school, Hargrave Military Academy evolved into a more comprehensive military-focused educational institution by the outset of World War I.  Hargrave is representative of the advent during the late 19th and early-20th century of private preparatory schools in Virginia as well as trends in military education through the 20th century. Its campus is distinguished by a noteworthy collection of early- to mid-20th century Colonial Revival-style buildings designed by prominent Virginia architects including Stanhope S. Johnson and Nyal Lee Cline. Hargrave commissioned Johnson to design a series of new buildings after a fire in 1950 burned several early ones. The academy’s commitment to the Colonial Revival style throughout the 20th century resulted in an architecturally cohesive campus that ranges from the high-style, ornate representations of the early-20th century movement to the stripped classical examples that became popular in the post-World War II period. The alumni of Hargrave are diverse and include many notable businessmen, politicians, government and military leaders, and professional athletes.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 4, 2020