ABOUT THE HISTORIC MARKERS

Seven historical markers have been developed by the Council on Virginia Tech History, charged with examining the various histories of the university and the surrounding lands and peoples. 

Once installed, the seven markers will offer viewers a glimpse into our shared past—and an opportunity to embrace our shared values, today and into the future.

The seven historical markers will celebrate, and add further richness to, our shared history. They will complement the markers that were installed in 2021 on the Upper Quad to showcase the Corps of Cadets and the institution’s earliest days.

HISTORIC MARKER LOCATIONS



Site 1: Henderson Lawn

The Early Years; Campus Over Time

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location at Henderson Lawn



Site 2: Moss Arts Center

People and Place; Land-Grant College

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location at the Moss Arts Center



Site 3: Washington Street

Black History; Black Community

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location on Washington Street



Site 4: Eggleston Quad

Student Diversity

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location on Eggleston Quad



Site 5: West Campus Drive

Native Stewardship; The Monacan Peoples

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location on West Campus Drive



Site 6: Solitude

Enslaved Peoples and the Prestons; From Plantation to College Campus

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location near Solitude



Site 7: Library Plaza

Women’s History; Women on Campus

Cropped map of campus showing a marker location in the Library Plaza

ABOUT THE HISTORIC MARKERS COMMITTEE

The Historic Markers Committee is expanding exterior campus interpretive signage to provide information on Virginia Tech's holistic histories and campus developments. The committee is also taking inventory and analyzing texts of existing biomarkers for construction of new biomarkers, restoration of existing plaques, and development of other surface treatment responding to current and anticipated needs. 


MEMBERSHIP OF THE HISTORIC MARKERS COMMITTEE

Chair: Jack Rosenberger, Campus Landscape Architect, Office of University Planning | Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities


  • Denny Cochrane, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability | Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities
  • Clara Cox, Retired Virginia Tech Director of Publications
  • Bob Leonard, Chair, Council on Virginia Tech History; Professor, School of Performing Arts | College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Meghan Marsh, Communications Manager, Office for Strategic Affairs | Office of the President
  • Paul Quigley, Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies; James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor, Civil War History | College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Emily Satterwhite,  Director, Appalachian Studies; Associate Professor, Religion and Culture | College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Peter Wallenstein, Professor, History | College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

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