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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University I-2-a | Marker History

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Marker, I-2-a

Five miles south lies the main campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, founded in 1872 as a land-grant college specializing in agriculture and mechanical arts. The land-grant college system initiated scientific agricultural and industrial instruction in the Commonwealth. Over the next century, Virginia Tech became nationally recognized as a comprehensive research university with a broad range of scientific, technological, business, and liberal arts instruction. The 3,000-acre campus includes the site of Draper's Meadow, where Shawnee Indians attacked settlers on 30 July 1755 at the beginning of the French and Indian War.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1998
Region: Southwest Region
Geographic Location: Montgomery County
Physical Description of Location: 3308 Pandapas Pond Rd (Route 460 east), Blacksburg, VA 24060. Marker is on right when traveling east, just prior to intersection with Brush Mountain Road.
GPS Location: 37.28083,-80.44246
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