Historic Jefferson College


Jefferson College

Jefferson College


Just off of the Natchez Trace we visited Jefferson College. Incorporated in 1802, by an act of the first General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory the college was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States and president of the American Philosophical Society. Territorial governor William C. C. Claiborne served as president of the college’s first Board of Trustees.


Class Room

Class Room


After years of initial financial difficulties, Jefferson College opened its doors on January 7, 1811, as a preparatory school, with fifteen students. Funds from Congress, the Legislature, and private citizens led the way to new prosperity, and by 1817 Jefferson College had become a full-fledged college.





In 1819, ten-year-old Jefferson Davis attended the school. Davis would later become the president of the Confederacy.


Stairs Case

Stairs Case


The outbreak of the Civil War forced the closing of Jefferson College in 1863. It reopened in 1866 and remained a preparatory school until 1964. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the school had become known as Jefferson Military College. Declining enrollment forced the closing of the school.





Today the historic Jefferson College is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been restored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


The Bench

The Bench





  1. Victoria June 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Very nice photos!

    • Phillip June 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

      Thank you so much Victoria!

  2. Len Saltiel June 29, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Excellent series of images Phillip. The effect on the first image is really cool.

    • Phillip June 30, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Thank you Len. It was created with Snap Art 3. I’m beginning to really enjoy playing around with this program.

  3. Jimi Jones June 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Lovely series of images and effects, Phillip. I always enjoy a little history lesson as well.

    • Phillip June 30, 2012 at 8:29 am #

      I appreciate it Jimi. I find history so interesting, especially when I picture my ancestors living through the same time period. However, I’m also glad to have my feet well planted inside the twenty-first century too!. 🙂

  4. Rob July 2, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Excellent work by preserving and making us aware of our history.

    • Phillip July 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      Thanks Rob. I appreciate it.

  5. Andrew Graeme Gould July 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    A wonderful series, Phillip. I’m particularly fascinated by the desk detail shot.

    • Phillip July 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      I’m glad that you liked the desk. I took several shots of them attempting to bring out the old wood of the desks and the light in the background.

  6. Denise Ippolito July 22, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Love the painterly look Phillip. I have missed a lot on your blog lately-I’ve been so busy. Nice work, I hope I have some time to enjoy your publications soon.

    • Phillip July 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you Denise for the encouraging comment!

  7. Denise Ippolito July 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    A nice twist with the processing!

    • Phillip July 31, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks Denise. I just thought that I’d play around and thought that the results were interesting.

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