Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 16: No 2) >> 10th Simms Symposium — ''Simms the Poet'' >> Page 35

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Reviews/Essays | 2008
Transcription "Jo and I parked on Broad near the main gates of the oldest `quad' of the UGA, the oldest
state university in America, once called Franklin College after old Ben. We `circled' the
Quad. I enjoyed lingering on campus, reading plaques, sitting and resting in the peace and
quiet and in the shade of old trees.

"We saw the main arch, the Academic Building with its Corinthian columns, the
Demosthenian Literary Society building, New College (which is old), chapel (where I sat on
its steps), Old College (first permanent building on campus where Alexander H. Stephens
and Crawford W. Long were roommates; Stephens became vice-president of the
Confederacy), Phi Kappa Hall (another literary society; these used to be popular, debating
groups on college campuses), Moore Hall, and the new library.

"Later in the cool of the evening Jo and I explored the Seney-Stovall Chapel of 1885 next to
the Lucy Cobb Institute of 1858. The Lucy Cobb Institute is a very large building in the
Italianate style, built originally for educating girls. T.R.R. Cobb, mentioned above,
established it in honor of one of his daughters, who had died at 13. The chapel, said to have
the only truly Elizabethan theatre in the Southeast, was added later. It is of quaint, Victorian
style, reminding me of buildings in both Rugby, Tennessee, and Rugby, England. Both now
belong to the UGA.

"Next to the Lucy Cobb Institute stands a modern `hamburger joint,' the Varsity, a branch, I
was told, of the famous Varsity in Atlanta. Jo and I ate hotdogs and drank milk shakes and
`varsity orange' there.""Jo and I spent the afternoon exploring Athens: the many ante-bellum houses, the first
Howell Cobb house on Pope (being renovated), Prince Street with the Taylor-Grady House
(there was a wedding underway; Henry W. Grady once lived there; he wrote the famous
editorial about the `New South' and edited for the Atlanta Constitution), the ante-bellum
home of the president of the UGA, the welcome center (once the home of two presidents of
the UGA), City Hall with its double-barreled cannon, the courthouse, post office, First
Presbyterian, First Baptist, and a statue of Athena (the goddess of wisdom for whom Athens
is named). One could spend a lifetime in Athens; it's a large and beautiful city.

Programme for Miss Brinson's Concert in which she introduced three Simms lyrics to a modern
audience. "The Texian Hunter's Bride" was a modern premiere, from sheet music donated
several years ago to the South Carolinians Library by Anne Simms Pincus of New Orleans.
Without the Simms Society, this song no doubt would still be unheard. Miss Brinson plans on
continuing her musicology research into Simms's "Songs of the South" and hopes to turn up
more songs in the series. She has two popular CD's to date and entertains doing a Simms CD.
Society members interested in her work, may consult www.harpofdixie.com