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Ceres in Bland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Henry C. Groseclose

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2011
1. Henry C. Groseclose Marker
Inscription. Henry Casper Groseclose (1892–1950), a native of Ceres, was one of the founders of Future Farmers of Virginia (FFV). While teaching agricultural education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Groseclose, Walter Newman, Edmund Magill, and Harry Sanders in September 1925 established the FFV. Groseclose named the organization and wrote its constitution and bylaws. FFV developed as a statewide association for boys enrolled in high school vocational agriculture and was a model for establishing the Future Farmers of America in 1928. Groseclose, called by some the father of the Future Farmers of America for his role in its formation, served as its executive secretary (1928–1930) and treasurer (1830–1941).
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KC-5.)
 
Location. 37° 1.078′ N, 81° 20.607′ W. Marker is in Ceres, Virginia, in Bland County. Marker is at the intersection of West Blue Grass Trail (Virginia Route 42) and Poor Valley Road (County Route 625) on West Blue Grass Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ceres VA 24318, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of James Burke’s Garden
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By J. J. Prats, May 30, 2011
2. Henry C. Groseclose Marker
(approx. 6 miles away); Battle of Wytheville (approx. 6.6 miles away); Wythe County / Bland County (approx. 6.7 miles away); Toland’s Raid (approx. 6.7 miles away); Burke’s Garden (approx. 7.4 miles away); Site of Mount Airy (approx. 8.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Wytheville (approx. 8.5 miles away); One of the “Big Four” (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Virginia’s Role inthe Development of the FFA. “One of the first issues that had to be resolved was what to name the organization discussed at the oak table. Henry Groseclose liked the initials FFV which for generations had stood for the First Families of Virginia and included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Groseclose's idea proved to be a popular one and was quickly accepted.” (Submitted on July 5, 2011.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,167 times since then and 161 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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