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Dickinson College

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1783 established. W. High and N. College sts.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Dickinson College was grafted onto an early Presbyterian academy and was the first college to be founded in the new republic after the Revolution and the first on the western side of the Susquehanna. It offered proof that useful learning would follow the frontier west rather than be the captive of the old elites of the east. In the early nineteenth century, Dickinson's allegiance was transferred to the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Church, and its architects were largely drawn from that city. That relationship ended after World War II.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Dickinson College", [Carlisle, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 366-366.

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