Hargrave Military Academy

Hargrave Military Academy has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. In addition, it has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved Hargrave Military Academy as one of eight new listings in the Virginia Landmarks Register during their meeting on Sept. 19. 

According to the Department of Historic Resources, the new listings are in the counties of Albemarle, Hanover, Loudoun, New Kent, Pittsylvania, and Pulaski; and the cites of Fredericksburg and Richmond.

Hargrave Military Academy evolved from Chatham Training School, a private, males-only parochial school, into a 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.

The academy’s 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 new buildings after a 1950 fire burned several early ones.

Hargrave’s commitment to the Colonial Revival style throughout the 20th century resulted in an architecturally cohesive campus with buildings that range 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.

Hargrave and the other listings will be forwarded for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

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