Origins of 4-H in Virginia

Origins of 4-H in Virginia (HM21AY)

Location: McKenney, VA 23872 Dinwiddie County
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N 36° 59.643', W 77° 46.221'

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F. Southall Farrar, farm demonstration agent for
Southside Virginia, organized the state's first
corn clubs for boys in 1909. Such clubs, a feature
of the nation's emerging agricultural extension
movement, had originated in the Midwest to
promote progresstve farming methods and improve
rural life. Farrar's initial recruits, 100 Dinwiddie
and Chesterfield County boys, each grew one
acre of corn and, on average, outproduced local
farms by more than three times. In 1910 Ella
Agnew established the first canning clubs for
Virginta girls. By the early 1920s, these
organizations for children, admintstered by
Virginia Cooperative Extension after 1914,
evolved into 4-H clubs.
HM NumberHM21AY
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 253459 N 4097800
Decimal Degrees36.99405000, -77.77035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 59.643', W 77° 46.221'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 59' 38.58" N, 77° 46' 13.26" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7000-7082 VA-40, McKenney VA 23872, US
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