(Academical Village Map, [B3])
A striking half-domed doorway and curved double doors dominate Pavilion IX, bringing a French influence to the Lawn. The first resident was George Tucker, Professor of Ethics. Among his other accomplishments, Tucker was a novelist, and he wrote the first American science fiction novel, A Voyage to the Moon, while living here. The Reverend William McGuffey, author of McGuffey's Eclectic Readers, was a long-time resident of Pavilion IX. From 1845 to his death in 1873, he taught ethics, logic, and political economy as the University's Professor of Moral Philosophy. A magnificent ash tree said to have been planted by McGuffey grew for more than a century in the garden of Pavilion IX. When the McGuffey Ash died of old age in 1990, a scion was rooted and planted in its place. Visit Academical Village Central.