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#6 Tree Grove

Between 1891 and 1895 the campus was involved in a tree-planting spree. Initially many of the trees planted were maples and pines native to the area. During this period, William Bradford Alwood took over the tree planting and over the next several years Professor Alwood planted Virginia Tech’s first arboretum. The plantings included a wide selection of trees including many species not normally found in Virginia.  To the southwest of the old agricultural experiment station building, Professor Alwood planted a bur oak tree – a tree native to his home in Ohio. The tree, dedicated in October 2011 as the Alwood Oak, is located across Drillfield Drive from Burruss Hall.


Tree grove VAMC Tree Grove, 1910s


Tree planting VAMC tree plantings, 1900s

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Land Grant @ 150

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act and created the land-grant university system. With the sweep of his pen, Lincoln made education more accessible, shaping the future of a young United States.

Virginia Tech celebrates this land-grant heritage 150 years later.

Calendar of Events

2012 Exhibits

The Morrill Act and Virginia Tech

Reception and opening
July 11, 4:30 pm
Newman Library, 2nd floor

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

September 5-October 19
Newman Library, 1st floor

2012 Lincoln Lectures

A Man Called Lincoln

James I. Robertson
September 6

The Age of Lincoln, Then and Now

Vernon Burton
September 11

Saving the Last Best Hope on Earth: Lincoln and the Constitution

Charles Hubbard
September 27

An Inestimable Jewel: Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Era Constitutional Amendments

Thomas E. Mackey
October 8