Event Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Venue: Veterans Memorial Park
Did you know Abingdon has a grove of American chestnut trees? Learn the history of the blight that drove chestnut trees to near extinction and of efforts to restore them. In Veterans Memorial Park, a block off Cummings Street, volunteers have planted blight resistant trees bred by the American Chestnut Foundation. The tour on Tuesday, August 4, at 4 p.m. begins at the park’s parking lot off Cook Street and proceeds to the trees near the Bronze Ribbon Monument. The Foundation’s first research farm was established in nearby Meadowview, Virginia in 1989. Today, the Meadowview Research Farms have approximately 50,000 trees at various stages of breeding planted on more than 150 acres of land.