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Garrett Jackson to present a program about the fabled George Washington Ladle at Bristol Public Library

April 01, 2013

Garrett Jackson, Abingdon Assistant Town Manager and the Town’s Director of Planning, will present a program before the Bristol Historical Association on Monday April 8, 6:30pm. Meeting at the Bristol Public Library, the subject of the meeting will be about the fabled George Washington Ladle that has resided with an Abingdon family for over 200 years. Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details on this or other upcoming programs, 276-669-3885.

In 1797, a memento was given by President George Washington to an Abingdon local, serving in Congress. They would both leave office that same year, but the memento; a ladle made of buffalo horn and silver, would forever bind their friendship and be cherished by the Congressman's family. Through the years, the ladle was the subject of National display, theft, vandalism, and a climactic return to its rightful owners. Garrett Jackson will present a research paper on the topic which covers over 200 years of history and even some mystery.

Jackson is an Abingdon, Virginia native, where he serves as the Assistant Town Manager and as the Town’s Director of Planning, Preservation and Community Development and Zoning Administrator. In this position he has been instrumental in preservation efforts that are unparalleled in the region. Jackson is a Virginia Certified Zoning Administrator and Planning Commissioner in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Southwest Virginia Section Director for the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association. He serves as Treasurer on the Southern Appalachian Greenways Alliance (SAGA) Board of Directors, a Virginia representative to the Overmountain Victory Trail Association Board of Directors and serves on numerous other regional and national boards and committees. He is a contributing researcher and writer to the Historical Society of Washington County, VA and the Virginia Historical Society.

The Monday April 8 meeting is in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.” This historical presentation is free and open to the public.

The Bristol Historical Association was founded in 1979 and currently owns a number of historic properties, including the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Robert Preston house. The association recently purchased the acreage around the 200-plus year old residence located at exit 7 and is in initial stages of restoration. Isabel Ladd currently serves as president of the association.