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The Great Fire
Firsthand Accounts
Bell Dunnington


Bell Dunnington



"I never saw a more magnificent or more awful sight"

Bell Dunnington, the daughter of University Professor Francis P. Dunnington, was twelve years old at the time of the Great Fire. She recorded her eyewitness account on Monday, October 28, 1895 in a letter to her older sister Sadie, who was a student at Hollins Institute. The photograph of Miss Dunnington at age 16 is on loan from her niece, Mrs. S. J. Gamble of Harrisonburg, Virginia

Digital audio recordings of Miss Dunnington's letter accompany each page image.

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