College of William & Mary
This colonial-era time capsule, crafted by the renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren, is vintage 1700 and even predates nearby Williamsburg. The Wren Building is the oldest continuously used academic building IN THE UNITED STATES and forms the college’s “Ancient Campus” with pals The Braferton and the President’s House. Gutted by three major fires in 1705, 1859, and 1862, the stout brick structure was finally restored to its original state in 1931. History aside, the Wren Building provides the setting for many of William & Mary’s traditions such as the freshman and senior processionals (in opposite directions), the Honor Code Pledge in the Great Hall, and the annual Yule Log Ceremony. Fun fact: the secret Bishop James Madison Society supposedly meets here.
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