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Bristol College, Pennsylvania

White Hall of Bristol College
Bristol College as it appeared circa 1919
Bristol College, Pennsylvania
Location 701-721 Shadyside Ave., Croydon, Pennsylvania

40°4′48″N 74°54′8″W / 40.08000°N 74.90222°W / 40.08000; -74.90222Coordinates: 40°4′48″N 74°54′8″W / 40.08000°N 74.90222°W / 40.08000; -74.90222

Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1834
Architect Davis, Alexander Jackson
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
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Added to NRHP January 12, 1984

Bristol College, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was an Episcopal college founded in 1833 by the Epsicopal Education Society and chartered in 1834. It was based on the "manual labour system", combining education with agricultural work. The founding principal was Revd Chauncey Colton and Caleb Sprague Henry was professor of moral and intellectual philosophy. The college closed in 1837.

The college was built on the banks of the Delaware River about three miles from Bristol. The White Hall of the College, built by Alexander Jackson Davis in Greek Revival style, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Notable alumni


Further reading

A History of Bristol Borough in the County of Bucks, State of Pennsylvania by Doron Green 1911

External links

  • White Hall of Bristol College, 701-721 Shadyside Avenue, Croydon, Bucks County, PA: 6 photos, 2 data pages, and 1 photo caption page at Historic American Buildings Survey
  • National Register of Historic Buildings
  • Pennsylvania Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names

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