Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The wood of Chestnut oak can be split easily into fine yet tough ribbons of fiber.
These splints can be used to weave baskets and chair bottoms.
This wood is heavy, strong, close grained and durable. It is used for construction, railroad ties, posts and fuel.
Historically, the Chestnut Oak was used for tanning and dying leather. Tannin dyes and helps preserve leather, protecting it from mildew and rot. Synthetic tannins are used today.
The Chestnut Oak is also called Cow Oak in the south because cattle grazing in the woods eat the acorns.
With the loss of the American Chestnut, these sweet nuts have become an important food source for gray squirrels, black bear, white-tailed deer and turkey.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 38.383′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7540 Lee Highway, Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern Redbud (within shouting distance of this marker); Millstone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tea Tree (about 300 feet away); Pignut Hickory (about 600 feet away); You Are Invited (about 700 feet away); Downy Serviceberry (about 700 feet away); Flowering Dogwood (about 800 feet away); History Marches Forward (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
Additional keywords. tanning, cattle
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.