Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Blue Ridge Institute

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Institution Name: Ferrum College
Original/Historic Place Name: Blue Ridge Institute
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1991original construction Dickerson, Byron
Designer: Byron Dickerson
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: shingles
ca. 1991-present (2006)other (Blue Ridge Institute: houses institute, special collections, exhibits, and staff offices)

The Blue Ridge Institute was founded to preserve the history, culture, and traditions of the Blue Ridge Region of Virginia. In 1986, the Virginia General Assembly designated the Institute as the Virginia State Center for the Blue Ridge Folklore.

The current facility was built in 1991 and houses many artifacts and research documents related to the Institute's mission. Each year the Institute is this focal point of a daylong folklife festival featuring the music, crafts, traditions, and customs of the Blue Ridge Region. The festival typically draws over 20,000 visitors.


Hurt, Frank Benjamin. A History of Ferrum College: An Uncommon Challenge 1914-1974. Roanoke, VA: Stone Printing Company, 1977.


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