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Gate City in Scott County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

McConnell's Birthplace

 
 
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By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. McConnell's Birthplace Marker
Inscription. Eight and one-half miles northwest was born John Preston McConnell, noted educator. He taught in Milligan College, the University of Virginia and Emory and Henry College. He was president of the Radford State Teachers College, 1913-1937. Dr. McConnell was president of Southwestern Virginia, Inc., and was associated with many cultural agencies.
 
Erected 1938 by Southwesten Virginia, Inc. (Marker Number K-14?.)
 
Location. 36° 38.086′ N, 82° 33.3′ W. Marker is in Gate City, Virginia, in Scott County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 23/58), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at a pull off at the entrance to Gate City. One of five markers in this cluster. Marker is in this post office area: Gate City VA 24251, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Court of Scott County (here, next to this marker); Big Moccasin Gap (a few steps from this marker); Donelson's Indian Line (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named First Court of Scott County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carter Musical Family (approx. 0.4 miles
Five Markers at the Entrance to Gate City image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Five Markers at the Entrance to Gate City
away); Blackmore’s Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gate City (approx. 0.8 miles away); Faris (Ferris) Station (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gate City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is unnumbered and erected by Southwestern Virginia Incorporated. Dr. McConnell was president of Southwestern Virginia Incorporated. In 1938 official Virginia markers were erected by the Conservation and Development Commission. This looks like but is not an official Virginia marker.

The 1941 edition of State Historical Markers of Virginia was the first edition to show a marker with this title at approximately this location. It was numbered K-14 and it and all subsequent marker guides have shown K-14 here at this location. None have marked K-14 missing, yet the DHR website does not have a photograph of K-14 yet it has photographs of the adjacent markers. Marker K-14 begins "Four miles south was born ..." which leads to speculation that K-14 went missing sometime before 2010 and this marker was put in its place.

Marker K-14 read, "Four miles south was born John Preston McConnell, noted educator. He taught in Milligan College, the
Five Markers at the Entrance to Gate City image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Five Markers at the Entrance to Gate City
University of Virginia and Emory and Henry College. He was president of the Radford State Teacher's College, 1913-1937. Dr. McConnell was president of Southwestern Virginia, Incorporated, and was associated with many cultural agencies. He was active in every phase of educational work, writing several books and many articles." In 1941, K-14 was "two miles south of Gate city" on U.S. 58.
 
Regarding McConnell's Birthplace. Was his birthplace 8½ miles northwest or 4 miles south?
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. "He received both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Milligan College and pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. He met and married his wife, Clara Louise Lucas, while at Milligan. Though his beliefs were unfashionable at the time, Dr. McConnell was a strong supporter of the need for quality education for women. His career at Radford was marked by efforts to ensure equal access to information, courses and materials for female students." (Submitted on June 2, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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