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Independence in Grayson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The G.A.T.E. Center

Grayson Agriculture & Technical Education Center

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
1. The G.A.T.E. Center Marker
Inscription.  
Grayson County
Board of Supervisors
Brenda R. Sutherland — Chair • Elk Creek District
Kenneth R. Belton — Vice Chair • Old Town District
Michael S. Hash • Providence District
G. Eddie Rosenbaum • Wilson District
John S. Fant • At-large

Johnathan D. Sweet, ICMA-CM — County Administrator
Mitchell L. Smith — Deputy County Administrator
James S. Moss — Building Official
Keven M. Spurlin — Extension Agent

This building had served the citizens of Grayson County since 1935, as a county jail and sheriff's office. The building was renovated and repurposed in the fall of 2016 as the Grayson Agriculture & Technical Education Center with the vision of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the support and efforts of various community partners, the Cooperative Extension, county staff, Virginia Tech, 4-H, our agriculture community, USDA-RD, the Grayson County Public School's Career and Technical Education Center, VTIC, numerous volunteers, the United Way of Southwest Virginia, and NRVRJ trustees. This building will now serve the community as a one-stop technical education, training,
The G.A.T.E. Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
2. The G.A.T.E. Center Marker
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incubation, and meeting center and will support small business and the agriculture community's entrepreneurial, education, training, and workforce development needs for generations to come.

A special thanks to David Hauslohner for his demonstrative support

 
Erected by Grayson County, Virginia.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public WorkEducationLaw Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
 
Location. 36° 37.382′ N, 81° 9.082′ W. Marker is in Independence, Virginia, in Grayson County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Street (Virginia Route T 1101) and Courthouse Street (Virginia Route T 1137), on the left when traveling west on Davis Street. Marker is mounted at eye-level at the northwest corner of the old Grayson County Jail building, facing Davis Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 122 Davis Street, Independence VA 24348, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grayson County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Grayson's First Muster Roll While Part of Montgomery County, VA (within shouting distance of this marker); Grayson County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Independence
G.A.T.E. Center (<i>west elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
3. G.A.T.E. Center (west elevation)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Grayson County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Independence (approx. 0.9 miles away); Peyton Guyn Hale (approx. 5.6 miles away); Caty Sage (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
 
Regarding The G.A.T.E. Center. Phase I of the G.A.T.E. Center consisted of substantially renovating the two-story portion of the former Grayson County Sheriff’s Office into modern office spaces conducive for hosting a variety of agriculture support services and education organizations. The building had served the County as a sheriff’s department and jail since the late 1930’s.
 
G.A.T.E. Center (<i>north elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
4. G.A.T.E. Center (north elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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