East of Bethany on West Virginia Route 67
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.