Tag Archives: George Washington

The Halloween Spirit!

26 Oct

Trident Pumpkin!

Feeling in the Halloween spirit? Check out these awesome stencils that you can print out to carve your pumpkins with images of George or Bob or the Trident- the symbol used for our Generals Athletics teams!

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Washington Hall Statue

28 Sep

I play varsity field hockey here at Washington and Lee, and our turf field is uphill from the football stadium.  From our elevated height, we have an unbelievable view of the football field, the law school, and beyond that, the hazy mountains, but what is truly inspiring is the statue of George Washington that sits atop Washington Hall.  The statute just barely peeks up above the trees so that I can see it when I’m on the field.

I remember when I went on a tour at W&L as a prospective student and my tour guide said that there was an old legend about that statute on top of Washington Hall: the story goes that the Union Army came through Lexington during the Civil War in order to sack VMI.  A couple of Union soldiers mistook the statue of George Washington for Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, and began to throw rocks at it.  Another soldier, who was familiar with the university, approached them and asked what they were doing.  The uninformed men responded that they were trying to knock Jeff Davis off of his perch.  “That’s not Jefferson Davis–you’re throwing rocks at the father of our country!” the soldier told them, and the shenanigans stopped right there.

This story is one of my favorites of the many great W&L anecdotes.  The view of that statue over the trees while I play field hockey is not only incredibly picturesque, but it also really inspires me.  It reminds me of how truly lucky I feel to be a part of this amazing community with so much background and historical significance.  And it reminds me to play like a General!