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George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet:

"I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

H.O. Dold's

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet: "I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

You may have seen the breakout post last week from cadet Mike Morrison VMI '20 - here's your chance to learn even more about Marshall's time as a Virginia Military Institute​ "rat." Follow the link!

Marshall and the "Ratline" - George C. Marshall Foundation

You may have seen the breakout post last week from cadet Mike Morrison VMI '20 - here's your chance to learn even more about Marshall's time as a Virginia Military Institute​ "rat." Follow the link!

The term "running the block" is known by VMI Cadets to be a risky affair, and consists of leaving post during times when Cadets have not received the privilege yet. Though he was the highest-ranking cadet, the Cadet First Captain, Marshall was not above "running the block." Lily Coles was worth the risk of expulsion for Marshall - the two were married on February 11, 1902, in the same house Marshall visited, now the present day VMI Admissions House. Follow the link for more of their love…

Marshall & Romance - George C. Marshall Foundation

The term "running the block" is known by VMI Cadets to be a risky affair, and consists of leaving post during times when Cadets have not received the privilege yet. Though he was the highest-ranking cadet, the Cadet First Captain, Marshall was not above "running the block." Lily Coles was worth the risk of expulsion for Marshall - the two were married on February 11, 1902, in the same house Marshall visited, now the present day VMI Admissions House. Follow the link for more of their love…

Though he commissioned into the Army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Marshall and his fellow cadets did not receive nearly the same hands-on field training that current VMI cadets experience, as there were no Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in place at the time. Marshall received the same sort of Drill and Ceremony training that current VMI cadets learn as "rats," but Army training was reserved for after receiving a commission, post-graduation.

Marshall & ROTC - George C. Marshall Foundation

Though he commissioned into the Army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Marshall and his fellow cadets did not receive nearly the same hands-on field training that current VMI cadets experience, as there were no Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in place at the time. Marshall received the same sort of Drill and Ceremony training that current VMI cadets learn as "rats," but Army training was reserved for after receiving a commission, post-graduation.

The New Market Ceremony is every May 15th on the VMI Post as part of graduation week. When Marshall was a cadet, this ceremony made quite an impression on him. #ICYMI, here is our blog post about it!

Marshall Day - George C. Marshall Foundation

The New Market Ceremony is every May 15th on the VMI Post as part of graduation week. When Marshall was a cadet, this ceremony made quite an impression on him. #ICYMI, here is our blog post about it!

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It's the 56th anniversary of our building's dedication. Follow the link for a photo essay of the events leading up to our construction.

May 23, 1964

It's the 56th anniversary of our building's dedication. Follow the link for a photo essay of the events leading up to our construction.

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet:

"I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

H.O. Dold's

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet: "I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

You may have seen the breakout post last week from cadet Mike Morrison VMI '20 - here's your chance to learn even more about Marshall's time as a Virginia Military Institute​ "rat." Follow the link!

Marshall and the "Ratline" - George C. Marshall Foundation

You may have seen the breakout post last week from cadet Mike Morrison VMI '20 - here's your chance to learn even more about Marshall's time as a Virginia Military Institute​ "rat." Follow the link!

The term "running the block" is known by VMI Cadets to be a risky affair, and consists of leaving post during times when Cadets have not received the privilege yet. Though he was the highest-ranking cadet, the Cadet First Captain, Marshall was not above "running the block." Lily Coles was worth the risk of expulsion for Marshall - the two were married on February 11, 1902, in the same house Marshall visited, now the present day VMI Admissions House. Follow the link for more of their love…

Marshall & Romance - George C. Marshall Foundation

The term "running the block" is known by VMI Cadets to be a risky affair, and consists of leaving post during times when Cadets have not received the privilege yet. Though he was the highest-ranking cadet, the Cadet First Captain, Marshall was not above "running the block." Lily Coles was worth the risk of expulsion for Marshall - the two were married on February 11, 1902, in the same house Marshall visited, now the present day VMI Admissions House. Follow the link for more of their love…

Though he commissioned into the Army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Marshall and his fellow cadets did not receive nearly the same hands-on field training that current VMI cadets experience, as there were no Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in place at the time. Marshall received the same sort of Drill and Ceremony training that current VMI cadets learn as "rats," but Army training was reserved for after receiving a commission, post-graduation.

Marshall & ROTC - George C. Marshall Foundation

Though he commissioned into the Army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Marshall and his fellow cadets did not receive nearly the same hands-on field training that current VMI cadets experience, as there were no Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in place at the time. Marshall received the same sort of Drill and Ceremony training that current VMI cadets learn as "rats," but Army training was reserved for after receiving a commission, post-graduation.

The New Market Ceremony is every May 15th on the VMI Post as part of graduation week. When Marshall was a cadet, this ceremony made quite an impression on him. #ICYMI, here is our blog post about it!

Marshall Day - George C. Marshall Foundation

The New Market Ceremony is every May 15th on the VMI Post as part of graduation week. When Marshall was a cadet, this ceremony made quite an impression on him. #ICYMI, here is our blog post about it!

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet:

"I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

H.O. Dold's

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet: "I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet:  "I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

H.O. Dold's

George C. Marshall on being a VMI cadet: "I didn't go out socially, I think at all, for the first two years that I was there. We would go uptown on Saturday afternoon and window shop. There were no movies, of course. There was a famous little store there on the corner - [H.O.] Dold's, they called it. He was quite the character and made a great point of favoring the cadets."

The New Market Ceremony is every May 15th on the VMI Post as part of graduation week. When Marshall was a cadet, this ceremony made quite an impression on him. #ICYMI, here is our blog post about it!

Marshall Day - George C. Marshall Foundation

The New Market Ceremony is every May 15th on the VMI Post as part of graduation week. When Marshall was a cadet, this ceremony made quite an impression on him. #ICYMI, here is our blog post about it!

Though he commissioned into the Army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Marshall and his fellow cadets did not receive nearly the same hands-on field training that current VMI cadets experience, as there were no Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in place at the time. Marshall received the same sort of Drill and Ceremony training that current VMI cadets learn as "rats," but Army training was reserved for after receiving a commission, post-graduation.

Marshall & ROTC - George C. Marshall Foundation

Though he commissioned into the Army after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Marshall and his fellow cadets did not receive nearly the same hands-on field training that current VMI cadets experience, as there were no Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in place at the time. Marshall received the same sort of Drill and Ceremony training that current VMI cadets learn as "rats," but Army training was reserved for after receiving a commission, post-graduation.

The term "running the block" is known by VMI Cadets to be a risky affair, and consists of leaving post during times when Cadets have not received the privilege yet. Though he was the highest-ranking cadet, the Cadet First Captain, Marshall was not above "running the block." Lily Coles was worth the risk of expulsion for Marshall - the two were married on February 11, 1902, in the same house Marshall visited, now the present day VMI Admissions House. Follow the link for more of their love…

Marshall & Romance - George C. Marshall Foundation

The term "running the block" is known by VMI Cadets to be a risky affair, and consists of leaving post during times when Cadets have not received the privilege yet. Though he was the highest-ranking cadet, the Cadet First Captain, Marshall was not above "running the block." Lily Coles was worth the risk of expulsion for Marshall - the two were married on February 11, 1902, in the same house Marshall visited, now the present day VMI Admissions House. Follow the link for more of their love…

You may have seen the breakout post last week from cadet Mike Morrison VMI '20 - here's your chance to learn even more about Marshall's time as a Virginia Military Institute​ "rat." Follow the link!

Marshall and the "Ratline" - George C. Marshall Foundation

You may have seen the breakout post last week from cadet Mike Morrison VMI '20 - here's your chance to learn even more about Marshall's time as a Virginia Military Institute​ "rat." Follow the link!

The Bookery, Lexington, VA

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The Bookery, Lexington, VA by Tom Wolff.

Birthplace of Sam Houston marker near Lexington, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sam Houston Way and North Lee Highway (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. This marker is located in the Sam Houston Wayside. Samuel "Sam" Houston (born March 2, 1793) was a nineteenth-century American statesman, politician, and soldier. He is best known for his leading role in bringing Texas into the United States.

Birthplace of Sam Houston marker near Lexington, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sam Houston Way and North Lee Highway (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. This marker is located in the Sam Houston Wayside. Samuel "Sam" Houston (born March 2, 1793) was a nineteenth-century American statesman, politician, and soldier. He is best known for his leading role in bringing Texas into the United States.

Escapes: A little llama love in Lexington, Va.

Escapes: A little llama love in Lexington, Va.

Escapes: Seeing the town and taking a llama trek in Lexington, Va.

Chessie Trail, Lexington Va