Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Alwood Oak
Dedicated October 14, 2011 in tribute to William Bradford Alwood
In 1888, Professor William Preston hired William Bradfor Alwood as vice-director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Alwood was the first professor and head of the Department of Horticulture, Mycology, and Entomology at Virginia Tech (then known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and later as VPI). During Alwood's 16 years at VPI, his accomplishments set the stage for modern horticulture in Virginia.
Professor Alwood's research, teaching, service, and international outreach in horticulture, plant pathology, and entomology changed agriculture worldwide. He taught Virginians how to manage plant diseases and insect pests earning him the reputation as the savior of the Virginia fruit industry. Professor Alwood was also noted as the father of Virginia horticulture.
Alwood published widely and was respected worldwide by scientist, heads of state, and the general public. After leaving VPI, Alwood was
"The splendid service which you rendered this institution will ever be remembered and it is my hope that some day your name will be honored in some permanent manner, which will remain here for all time to let those who come after us know of your part in the making of this institution."... President Julian Burruss, Feb. 3, 1927
Erected 2011 by Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Location. 37° 13.677′ N, 80° 25.401′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Drillfield Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Bradford Alwood (within shouting distance of this marker); April 16th Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Julian Ashby Burruss (within shouting distance of this marker); John Edward Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank Leigh Robeson (about 500 feet away); Earl Bertram Norris (about 500 feet away); William MacFarland Patton (about 600 feet away); Thomas Marshall Hahn Jr. (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
Also see . . . The Alwood Oak - Dedicated Oct. 14, 2011. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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