1876 Pace Hall was constructed at a cost of $11,000, most of which was donated by James P. Pace, a trustee of the college.
1877President Duncan died and was succeeded by the Rev. W. W. Bennett.
1879Duncan Memorial Church and Chapel (now Old Chapel) opened. The college occupied the first floor and the church sanctuary was on the second floor.
1886William Waugh Smith became the college's president and served until 1897.
1887Randolph-Macon became the first southern college to develop biology as a distinct study. Physical education became a regular part of the curriculum and was required of all students. The college opened a gymnasium, the first college building in the South to be used exclusively as a gym.
1889Pettyjohn Science Hall opened.
1893Students were housed in cottages � square, two-story, frame buildings with four rooms per floor. Rooms were heated by stoves, and many students sawed their own wood. Students studied by kerosene lamps and got their water from a large pump on campus. There was no indoor plumbing.
1897John A. Kern became the college's president.
1899W. G. Starr became college president and served until 1902.
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