Bicentennial Needlepoint of Virginia

July 23, 2007 at 8:53 pm 4 comments

Tonight is Mom’s last night in Blacksburg.   Instead of working on house projects, I took her to Ben and Jerry’s (she accepts ice cream as payment for services rendered), a drive around campus and then I took her to the relatively new Inn at the Virginia Tech.  In particular, I took her to the needlepoint that is on display there at the conference center. 

The needlepoint was presented to Virginia Tech in 1975 and was done in honor of the 1976 bicentennial.  There are 104 separate squares in the piece representing different cities and counties in Virginia.  Some squares are very elaborate while others are a little less decorative.  Overall, there are more than two million stitches in the piece and some squares took 195 man hours to complete.  It is pretty neat to look at:

Bicentennial Needlepoint

My current county presents a mystery.  Here is a shot of its square:

Montgomery County’s Square

On the upper left– a church.  Bottom left– old Virginia Tech logo.  Bottom right– U.S. flag.  So what’s the thing in the upper right?  Here’s a closer look at it:

What the?

I pulled up the Montgomery County Seal for guidance.  I’m thinking it is supposed to be a rifle?

Seal of Montgomery County Virginia.  Upper Left – Deer, Bottom Left – Church, Bottom Right – Burruss Hall (Va. Tech), Upper Right– Rifle

And before I part, here’s a shot of Roanoke County’s square:

Roanoke County Square

The Roanoke Veterans would be pleased to see that the Roanoke Star is depicted as Red, White and Blue here.

Entry filed under: Inn at Virginia Tech, Montgomery County, needlepoint, Roanoke, Roanoke Star, Virginia, Virginia Tech.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tgaw  |  July 23, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Oh, it looks like what I am calling a church in the Montgomery County seal is actually a log cabin:

  • 2. Katie  |  July 25, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    This is very cool. I looked hard, but had trouble making the mystery picture into a rifle, though.

  • 3. tgaw  |  July 27, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I have trouble making that mystery picture into anything. Someone on Flickr guessed a road with mountains and clouds?

  • 4. wendylou01  |  August 6, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    1) I’d say the mystery is fields and montains … with a wispy white cloud bit … the ‘vista’ has always been important in this county.

    2) the Roanoke Star always used to burn red, white and blue … and when there was a trafic fatality it would be set to just red for 24 hours … otherwise it was red white and blue … but that was then, and this is now


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