Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


College Woods

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Institution Name: Maryville College
Original/Historic Place Name: College Woods
Location on Campus: rear of campus
Date(s) of Construction:
2002restoration of the natural amphitheater
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: education, engineering, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 2004-present (2006)outdoor space
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (used by cross country team, Mountain Challenge program, and as outdoor laboratory by Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Studies, and Natural Sciences)

Consisting of approximately 120 acres of mixed pines and hardwoods, the Maryville College woods are an integral part of the situational value of the College. The Woods contain a variety of habitats that include a low, dry ridge; riparian wetlands; second-growth forest; and mesic forest with old, large hardwoods. The Woods--especially the natural amphitheater--were used for Easter Sunrise Services, pageants, and weddings. Today, the Woods serve as an outdoor laboratory for the academic curriculum.


Blair, Carolyn, and Arda Walker. By Faith Endowed: The Story of Maryville College, 1819-1994. Maryville, TN: Maryville College Press, 1994.

Lloyd, Ralph Waldo. Maryville College: A History of 150 years, 1819-1969. Maryville, TN: Maryville College Press, 1969.

Thomason, Philip. Stevenson, Dr. William P., House [Maryville College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1989.


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