Cheré Dastugue Coen
Berry College: 14 acres to every student
Who would imagine that a college with 2100 students would exist on the world’s largest campus. That’s 14 acres to every student.
Berry College outside of Rome, Georgia, sits upon 27,000 acres — that’s two times larger than Manhattan. The Christian school also contains the largest mill wheel (circa 1930) at 42 feet in diameter and still used to grind corn on special occasions. There’s also 88 miles of trails, including the three-mile Viking Trail that’s popular with hikers and bikers. The campus includes several beautiful chapels, the Gunby Equine College, a working farm, the WinShape Retreat Centre and the Roosevelt Cabin named for Pres. Theodore Roosevelt who dined there in 1910. Travel + Leisure named Berry College one of America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses and on the day we visited, we spotted a bald eagle in the tree canopy. The natural landscape is the reason why “Remember the Titans” and “Sweet Home Alabama” were filmed here.
The liberal arts school was founded by Martha McChesney Berry in 1902 to educate children in the rural South who might not otherwise get an education. She enlisted the support of American celebrities of her time: Henry and Clara Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Dana and Thomas Edison.
Visitors can tour the Oak Hill historic home and Martha Berry Museum and gardens, also located on campus.