A Guide to the Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River Records 1818-1860 Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River, Records, 1818-1860 MS 2002.11

A Guide to the Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River Records, 1818-1860

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 2002.11


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 2002.11
Title
Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River Records, 1818-1860.
Extent
3 items.
Creators
Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River. Gray, Lucy Yates Wellford, 1781-1860.
Language
English

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Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River Records, Manuscript MS 2002.11, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2002.


Biographical/Historical Information

The Tappahannock Seminary was started by Lucy Wellford Gray in 1818. It included over seven hundred girls and boys during its history. The school taught reading, writing, figuring, domestic arts, music, drawing, and manners, and was well-respected and highly patronized. It closed in 1860 with the death of Lucy Wellford Gray. Lucy Yates Wellford Gray (1781-1860) was the daughter of Dr. Robert Wellford, of Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 1808, she married Dr. Thomas Branch Willson Gray (1784-1818) and had four children, with only two surviving into adulthood. Soon after her husband's death, Mrs. Lucy Gray opened a seminary for girls (later included some male students) in her home on Prince Street in Tappahannock, Virginia. She also started a school in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1836. She was a woman of excellent education and high intellect and was active in Tappahannock's Presbyterian church.

Scope and Content Information

Consists of two pages of "Regulations to be Observed by the Pupils of the Tappahannock Female Seminary," by the principal Lucy Wellford Gray; a Register of Pupils from 1818-1860, containing the names of more than seven hundred male and female students; and a carte-de-visite of Lucy Wellford Gray.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Gray, Lucy Yates Wellford, 1781-1860.
  • Subjects:

  • Education--Virginia--Tappahannock.
  • Schools--Virginia--Tappahannock--Records and correspondence.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Carte de visite.

Contents List

"Regulations to be Observed by the Pupils of the Tappahannock Female Seminary" n.d.
2 p.
Mrs. Lucy Y. Gray's Pupils, 1818-1860.
34 p.
Carte-de-visite, n.d.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Gray, Lucy Yates Wellford, 1781-1860.
  • Gray, Lucy Yates Wellford, 1781-1860.