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Friday Fun Fact: Northwest Georgia Home to World’s Largest Campus

A CAMPUS BIG AS THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Here’s a fact that’s not only fun — it’s BIG: the world’s largest college campus is located in Rome, Ga. Who knew! Students of DIGARC client Berry College certainly did.

The private liberal arts college — all 27,000 acres of it — is actually located just outside Rome in Berry, Ga., about 72 miles northwest of Atlanta, and even closer to the Alabama border. In fact, the campus plantation home of founder Martha Berry was used as a location in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” starring Reese Witherspoon.

More Berry College facts:

  • The campus includes 80 miles of trails for hiking, cycling and horseback riding — all open to the public
  • After establishing the school in 1902, Miss Berry, who never attended college herself, received a total of seven honorary doctorates from other colleges — and one from her own.
  • In 1922, students built a large stone cabin for Miss Berry on the top of the campus’s Lavender Mountain.
  • A streamside mill at Berry College is home to one of the world’s largest working water wheels, measuring 42 feet in diameter.
  • In 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt visited the school and had lunch at a campus guesthouse, which Miss Berry renamed the Roosevelt Cabin the next day.

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