William & Mary is the second-oldest institute of higher education in the U.S.; whether or not it is the oldest university is up for tweedy debate, and should you be interested in the topic, we direct you to Wikipedia. Whatever else it is, William & Mary, commonly known as W&M, is one of the cornerstones of the Williamsburg experience, even though most visitors miss it on their way to the historic area. That’s a shame, as W&M has a pretty campus, all red brick and long lawns and shaded alleyways. Considered one of the eight original Public Ivies, the school has its own historic area, dominated by Brafferton, built in 1723, the President’s House, the oldest official residence for a college president in the U.S., and the elegant Wren Building, the oldest college building in the country, period.
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