Q. Where does the rain that falls on the Agnes Scott campus go?
A. It depends.
Main and Rebekah are built on a ridge. Rain that falls on the north side of the ridge (toward Decatur) eventually ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, via the Chattahoochee River. Rain that falls on the south side of the ridge (most of the rest of campus) eventually ends up in the Atlantic Ocean.
The founders of Agnes Scott were quite proud of this fact. In the 1889-1890 “announcement” for Agnes Scott Institute, the section on location begins “The Institute is located on a commanding ridge, the waters from which upon one side find their way to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the other into the Atlantic; the buildings being about 1050 feet above the sea level.”
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–Marianne Bradley, Administrative Coordinator & Archivist, McCain Library, Agnes Scott College