“Philander Chase climb a hill, said a prayer and founded kenyon college there.” Kenyon’s story starts with Philander Chase, an Episcopal Church bishop from New Hampshire. During the 1820s, he envisioned establishing a college in Ohio. Chase believed education was a means to civilize the land, which had recently become a state. He shared the same missionary spirit as others at the time. In his opinion, urban settlements were unsuitable for education, as they were hubs of temptation and hindered students from focusing on their studies. Kenyon College was established in Worthington, Ohio, in 1824 but soon moved to a prominent hill near Mount Vernon. In 1925, Bishop Philander Chase inspected the hill and approved it by saying, “This will do,” which led to the foundation of the Town of Gambier and Kenyon College. The first rough structures were located around a well found on the street between the gates of hell and Wiggin Street Coffee. The main temporary structure, a rustic cabin known as the episcopal palace, was placed north of where the `Church of the Holy Spirit is today. In 1828, the first group of students moved from Worthington to Gambier to start the long-standing tradition of Kenyon education. For a detailed history of Kenyon College, please visit Tom Stamps’s article in the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin.