A 50th Anniversary gift to the Seminary from Eliza Baylies Wheaton, the Bowling Alley was constructed in 1884 between the apple orchard (in back of Mary Lyon Hall and in front of Knapton) and the edge of the Dimple. This… Read More »
1884 - 1908Bowling Alley
1897 - 1925Samuel V. Cole
Reverend Dr. Samuel Valentine Cole, first president of Wheaton College, was one of the most influential figures in the college’s history. He served as a trustee from 1893 to 1925, Secretary of the Board from 1895 to 1908, President of… Read More »
According to the Taunton News (June 14 1900), the senior class chose an already standing elm tree and conducted their commencement exercises around it. With time, the tradition evolved into each senior class choosing a day during the second week… Read More »
Students are allowed only two baths per week.
1900 - PresentChapin Hall
Chapin was the first brick building at Wheaton, and the first structure to be placed according to the campus plan devised in 1897/8.
Dr. George Herbert Palmer, Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, speaks at Commencement.
Marion Gebbie, class of 1901, a quiet and shy woman who suffered from Paget’s Disease, devoted her life after graduation to her parents and to charitable works.
Reverend Joseph Dunn Burrell of Brooklyn, New York speaks at Commencement.
Jeannette Kittredge Watson, a member of the class of 1902 was wife of Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the founder of International Business Machines (IBM). Mother of four children, and member of IBM’s board of directors for many years.
Wheaton’s unofficial policies barring the admittance of African-American students were truly tested in 1902. Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, and the most prominent African-American in the country at that time, requested that his daughter,… Read More »
1902 - 1960Carter Cottage/ Dr. Mack’s House
Originally located on East Main Street east of Seminary Hall (Mary Lyon Hall), this house was owned by Mrs. Wheaton who sold it to Mr. Gibbs ca. 1851. Wheaton Seminary acquired it in 1902 as part of the Boynton Estate.… Read More »
Reverend James G. Vose of Providence, Rhode Island speaks at Commencement.
1903 - PresentAdmissions Center/Pappas Fitness Center/Gymnasium
Completed in 1903, the gymnasium was designed by George Tilden of Rotch and Tilden. The building was converted to the Admission Center in 1966, after construction of the Clark Recreation Center. After the Haas Athletic Center opened in 1991, the… Read More »
The first senior class book is printed.
Hammond LaMont of New York, New York speaks at Commencement.
1904 - PresentDoll’s House/ Old Power House/ Laundry/ Tower Hall
This building served as the Power house and laundry until 1925, when a third floor was added and it was remodeled into a residence. Called “Tower Hall” at that time, it was commonly referred to as the “Doll’s House” by… Read More »
Eliza Baylies Wheaton sits for a portrait by renowned painter John W. Alexander.
The Honorable Charles E. Littlefield, a Congressman from Maine, speaks at Commencement. Learn more about the Honorable Charles E. Littlefield from Wikipedia
1905 - Present34-36 E. Main St./ Caldwell House
Acquired in 1905, 34-36 East Main Street, this house is probably the one which was deeded to Laban M. Wheaton by his father with his home farm. It was apparently sold and bought back again by Mrs. Wheaton, and was… Read More »
1905 - PresentThe Dimple
The land surrounding the Dimple was once part of a farm owned by Judge Laban Wheaton. Until 1905 a large barn and several elm trees stood in a natural depression in the ground. When the chapel was built in 1917,… Read More »