Mount Crawford, Virginia: Turkey Statue Marks the Turkey Capital #2 Team Field Report

US Hwy 11, Mount Crawford, VA
One at either end of Rockingham County on US 11.
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Turkey Statue Marks the Turkey Capital #2
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1951 concept sketch in crayon by 10-year old Gerald Harris.

Turkey Statue Marks the Turkey Capital #2

I was sad to see that the story of how this statue came to be was not posted here. This was the vision in 1951 of a 10-year old-boy named Gerald Harris.

[Dorothy Loslo, 07/17/2019]

Gerald's idea of a turkey monument won first prize in an essay contest, "How to beautify and improve your community." According to his submitted crayon drawing, Gerald just wanted the monument in Harrisonburg, "The nation's turkey capital." But by the time the project was complete four years later, its scope had expanded to include all of Rockingham County.

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