Mercer University was founded in 1833 in Penfield, Georgia, by Georgia Baptists. The school, under the leadership of Baptist minister Adiel Sherwood, was named for Jesse Mercer, a prominent Baptist leader who provided a founding endowment and who served as the first chairman of the school's Board of Trustees.
Initially a boys' preparatory school named "Mercer Institute," the school at its founding consisted of a red clay farm and two hewed log cabins, valued at approximately $1,935. The enrollment was 39 students and tuition was $35 for the year. Board was provided at $8 per month, and each student was required to supply his own bedding, candles, and furniture.
From its humble beginnings in Penfield, Mercer today is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students
5 hrs, 15 min from Lipscomb
From I-75 Heading South (from Atlanta)
Take I-75 South to the Mercer University Drive exit (Exit #163).
Take a left at the top of the exit ramp onto Mercer University Drive and cross over I-75.
Turn left at the first traffic light onto Stadium Drive.
At the stop sign, turn left to continue on Stadium Drive (the Hilton Garden Inn will be on your left).
Proceed to the first street on the right, University Center Drive. Turn right onto University Center Drive.
Continue on University Center Drive until it ends at the parking lots of the University Center
Claude Smith Baseball Field will be on the right as you approach the University Center.
Go straight and turn right into the top parking lot if you are a spectator.
Turn right at the baseball field and park in the middle lot if you are a visiting team.
CLAUDE SMITH BASEBALL FIELD