Royal Land Grant Still Survives

 

This week marks 279 years since King George II issued a deed in 1739 granting more than 92,000 acres of land to Benjamin Borden in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  That land included what is now Lexington (and Washington and Lee University) and much of Rockbridge County.

The original royal document resides in the W&L University Library’s Special Collections and how it still survive is the subject of a fascinating recent essay by Tom Camden, our Head of Special Collections and Archives.   Take a look.

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