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Campbell Mansion

East of Bethany on West Virginia Route 67Campbell Mansion
Current use: House Museum.

Alexander Campbell Mansion, also known as Campbell Mansion or Alexander Campbell House was the home of minister Alexander Campbell and his family in West Virginia.  His wife Margaret's father John Brown had owned a large amount of property in Bethany, including this; the house dates to 1793.

Known as the "sage of Bethany", Campbell was one of the most prominent early leaders of the Restoration Movement in United States Christianity, beginning in 1812, which resulted in formation of numerous congregations of the Disciples of Christ and Churches of Christ. He founded Bethany College in 1840, gaining a charter by the Virginia legislature and offering land and funds for the institution. He served as its first president.

The mansion, together with adjacent buildings and an associated cemetery property nearby, was declared a National Historic Landmark on April 19, 1994.

From 1811 until his death, this was the home of Alexander Campbell (1788-1866), founder of Bethany College, and the leading influence in America's largest indigenous religious movement. Campbell, called the "Sage of Bethany," was an educational pioneer, renowned debater, political reformer and philosopher, prolific author, successful businessman, and agricultural leader, and was the leading spokesman for the denomination now known as the Disciples of Christ.

Bethany College, which was chartered by the State of Virginia in 1840, embodied Campbell's educational philosophy, which was welded out of his experience at the University of Glasgow, where he was introduced to the leading currents of thought in his day, and his acquaintance with Thomas Jefferson's pedagogic principles at the University of Virginia. Campbell's example influenced more than 200 institutions of higher learning and some 200 academies and institutes across America.

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