Randolph-Macon is a familiar name in my family. My father taught English at Randolph-Macon Academy in Bedford, VA in 1925-26. R-M Academy was started in 1896 as a prep school that would feed students into R-M College. R-M Academy became R-M Military Academy in the early twenties, so when my dad taught there, he wore a uniform (he had briefly served in the army in WW I but the war ended weeks after he enlisted).
There were actually two R-M Academies, one in Bedford, and one in Front Royal, VA. Both were founded as feeder schools for R-M College in Ashland, VA. All three schools had a connection with the Methodist Church. The Bedford campus was closed in 1933 and all students moved to Front Royal. That school - Randolph Macon Military Academy in Front Royal - still exists and seems to be thriving. It no longer has any formal connection with Randolph-Macon College.
I have some letters my father wrote my mother while he was at R-M in Bedford. They were courting then (hey were married in 1926 in Williamsburg, KY and then moved to Signal Mountain, TN where dad started a church. He mentions climbing the Peaks of Otter, which are outside Bedford, and a prominent geographical feature of that area as the card below shows.
|Barney Crockett at Randolph-Macon Academy|
|The Main Building at RMA, Bedford, VA - no longer standing|
|The Peaks of Otter|