October 12, 1793 the first cornerstone was layed on the building
that is now known as Old East for the nations first public university.
Soon afterwards lots were auctioned and the town of Chapel Hill
was created. Since then UNC has always been one of the most important
centers of learning in the country and has attracted a diverse and
ever-growing student body. Col. William R. Davie, a Revolutionay War
hero, worked tirelessly to create UNC and received the first honorary
degree. The University is one of the most interesting and enjoyable places to
visit in the state because of it's historical buildings, beautiful
and it's trees, some said to be two centuries old. When I wander around
I can't help but feel I am in the modern equivalent of Ancient Athens
and the abundance of columns and neo-classic architecture adds to
that feeling. This is my tribute to the school that has made my
life richer without ever having attended a class. You
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