William Addison “Add” Caldwell–Virginia Tech’s First Student Marker, KH-3

Three miles north of here stands the childhood home of William Addison "Add" Caldwell. He walked about 28 miles to Blacksburg on 1 October 1872 and became the first student to register at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Graduating in 1876, Caldwell was elected secretary of his class alumni association. He worked as a teacher, clerk, and salesman before his death on 29 June 1910. He is buried in Radford, Virginia.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1997
Region: Shenandoah Valley Region
Geographic Location: Craig County
Physical Description of Location: Simmonsville, VA 24070. Located on Cumberland Gap Road (Rt. 42), 3 miles northeast of the intersection of Cumberland Gap Road (Rt. 42) and State Route 626. Marker is on the left when traveling northeast on Cumberland Gap Road (Rt. 42).
GPS Location: 37.426043,-80.252969
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