“I come back to campus often, sometimes physically, other times in my mind’s eye…”
That campus in the Shenandoah Valley we long to see, hear and be near—its green lawns & athletic fields, familiar sounds of “hi” & “hello” among passersby, centuries-old red brick & white columns—is as rooted into the Virginia countryside as the farmland, rolling hills and Blue Ridge Mountains off in the distance.
The great James Graham Leyburn asked: “Who can say what has gone into the creation of this place that makes us love it?”
He ventured a guess and called it the Washington and Lee Ideal:
“It’s compounded of the beauty of the campus under snow on a moonlit night, of sunset behind House Mountain, of the Honor System, of great teachers and their courses, of long hours in the library boning up for exams, of Fancy Dress, of victories on Wilson Field, of going down the road and pride in our academic vigor.”
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