Sweet Briar College


Sweet Briar, Virginia

Since the establishment of Sweet Briar College in 1901, its presidents have resided at Sweet Briar House. Indiana Fletcher, founder of the college, continued to live there after the death of her parents. Her family’s travels, coupled with their great interest in gardening, resulted in the introduction of exotic trees and plants into the original native planting around what was a simple country farmhouse. An arrival court with wide brick walks through the historic boxwood circle now provides access to the front of the house. Additions of exotic and native trees enhanced the original arboretum.