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Lees McRae College Tufts Bell tower, Banner Elk, NC. Tufts Tower, is a former water tower that houses the campus chimes. It is one of the landmark building in the college campus.
Lees McRae College was founded in Banner Elk as an all-female high school in 1899 by Reverend Edgar Tufts, a Presbyterian minister. He named the school The Elizabeth McRae Institute after a well-respected educator in 1900. School benefactor Suzanna Lees' name was added in 1903 and the school's name became the Lees-McRae Institute when the school was chartered by the state in 1907. Later it was named Lees McRae College.

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36.162933, -81.873344

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; College campuses; College buildings; Lees McRae College; Tufts Bell Tower; Towers; Reverend Edgar Tufts; Banner Elk, NC.; Images; photographs


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