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Augusta Military Academy

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1870s; 1915 barracks, T. J. Collins and Son. 1640 Lee Hwy.
  • Barracks
  • Barracks
  • Barracks
  • Frame house
  • Frame house
  • Gymnasium
  • Gymnasium

Founded by Confederate veteran and state delegate Charles Summerville Roller in 1874, Augusta Military Academy (AMA) was the oldest military preparatory school in Virginia. The buildings are arranged around a large circular drive. The centerpiece of the school are the stuccoed barracks, designed by a Staunton firm in castellated Gothic similar to the barracks at Virginia Military Institute (RB18) by Alexander Jackson Davis. The AMA building has a four-story central entrance pavilion with an asymmetrically placed tower and long three-story wings with pedimented end bays. Other structures on the campus include a late-nineteenth-century frame house visible at the front of the complex and an early-twentieth-century brick gymnasium. The academy closed in 1984, and the buildings are now owned and operated by the United Pentecostal Church as a campground.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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