Administrative offices and departments.
Giddings Hall (built in 1842) is one of three campus structures built before the Civil War. Originally known as Recitation Hall, legend has it that the student body of 200 was evenly divided when the Civil War broke out. Pro-South students raised the Confederate flag over Recitation Hall after the firing on Fort Sumter. Pro-Union students attempted to take it down and a fist fight ensued. The president lined the students up, Northerners and Southerners, on Giddings lawn and marched them off to war. The faculty members, mostly from the Northeast, were strongly pro-Union.
Giddings Hall now houses the offices of the President, Provost, Development, Marketing and Public Relations.
The President’s residence on Main Street, also known as the Graves House, was built by Harvey C. Graves in 1859 on land purchased from the Georgetown Board of Education. Graves supported the establishment of the college and served as one of its trustees.
The Greek Revival structure was purchased by the college in 1961 and became the president’s home. Robert L. Mills was the first college president to live in the house.
It is often used for receptions and dinners hosted by current President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene and Mrs. Carolyn Greene.