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Dr. William E. Trout III

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Board Member

Phone: (252) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.org
Local Address:  Madison Heights , Virginia , United States
American Canal Society
117 Main St.
Freemansburg , Pennsylvania 18017
United States

Company Description: Since 1974, the American Canal Society has produced several American Canal Guides covering some regions of the United States. This series is not complete, but pdf...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
  • Westhampton Junior High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High
  • Bachelor of Science Degree , Biology
    University of Richmond
  • Drosophila Genetics
    Indiana University
  • Ph.D. , Genetics
65 Total References
Web References
Officers & Directors, 21 Aug 2015 [cached]
William Trout III, Virginia Canals & Navigations Society, 3806 S. Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572, - Director, 252-482-5946
Canal Buffs Hall of Fame, 9 Jan 2013 [cached]
In 1972, Tom Hahn, Bill Shank, and Bill Trout co-founded the American Canal Society.
Tom also became acquainted with Virginia canal and river expert, Bill Trout.
Tom was Founding President and Editor of the newsletter, Bill Shank as Founding Vice President and Production Editor of the newsletter and Bill Trout as the Founding Secretary/Treasurer and Contributing Editor.
William E. Trout III, PhD - Author, publisher, and Co-founder and past president of the American Canal Society
William E. Trout III (Bill) was born in Staunton, Virginia on April 21, 1937. He attended Westhampton Junior High School and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High in Richmond, Virginia in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Richmond in 1959. He studied Drosophila Genetics under Nobel Prize winner H.J. Muller at Indiana University, receiving an A.M. in Zoology in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Genetics in 1965.
After spending a year at the Biology Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee under a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Bill Trout joined the laboratory of Dr. W.D. Kaplan in the Biology Division of the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.
Bill Trout III was listed in WHO'S WHO IN THE WEST (1974+) and in AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN OF SCIENCE.
Bill Trout first became interested in canal history and lore in the 1950s when his boy scout troop made overnight hikes along the James River and Kanawha Canal in Richmond Virginia. Bill remembers asking everyone what the canal was and where it went. Nobody could answer his questions so he began working it out for himself.
Bill used opportunities to canal-look whenever his job took him to a site where there was a canal. He also took off three months each year to return to Virginia and conduct field and archival research. By the mid 1960s Bill Trout had explored a number of canals, poured over archival records and had enough confidence in his knowledge to begin writing historical canal articles.
Bill Trout's name came to the attention of canal experts Bill Shank and Tom Hahn.
Bill Trout became the ACS's Founding Secretary/Treasurer and Contributing Editor for the Society's newsletter.
Bill retired temporarily in 1983, "with the intention of working on a book for a year". Bill's 'temporary' retirement became permanent, at which time Bill Shank and Tom Hahn decided that it was Bill Trout's 'turn' to take over as president of the ACS, which he did from 1985 to 1997.
Bill Trout is also a co-founder of the Virginia Canal and Navigation Society and a current member of the boards of the American Canal Society and of the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society and a past board member of the Archaeological Society of Virginia.
Bill Trout has had more than two hundred articles and notes on canal archaeology, history, parks and preservation published. He is also the author of The American Canal Guide, an ACS series of regional inventories of America's Historic Canal Resources.
His awards include the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation's E. Boyd Award for excellence in Historic Preservation, the Historic Petersburg Foundation's Petersburg Heritage Award, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia's Katherine Glaize Rockwood Distinguished Preservationist Award, the Council of Virginia Archaeologists' Virginia Sherman Memorial Award, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia's Antiquities' Mary Mason Anderson Williams Award, and the James River Association's Guardian of the River Award.
Bill Trout and his wife Nancy (both ACS Directors) now live in Virginia where Bill plans many, many more historical publications and projects.
Virginia Canals & Navigations Society | Helping to preserve Virginia's historic waterways. | Page 2, 2 Jan 2015 [cached]
Bill Trout's Projects Page
Editors Note: The following email was received from Bill Trout:
Dr. Bill Trout wrote a letter to
William E. Trout, III, Ph.D. Past president, American Canal Society and the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society 417 Phillips Street, Edenton, NC 27932, 252-482-5946
VC&NS Trustee, Dr. Bill Trout submitted this article for everyone to read since the canal in Richmond is in danger!
The brand new Roanoke/Staunton River Atlas by Dr. Bill Trout and Nancy R. Trout has been published.
Click here or photo above to see photos from the tour with Bill Trout of the
Nancy and Bill Trout hold the brand new river atlas while Phil de Vos holds the Richmond Batteau Flag in the background and Dan Crawford blows the river horn announcing the new publication while standing beside the Roanoke River in Salem, Virginia on Saturday, October 8th, 2011.
Bill Trout's Projects Page
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe presented with a copy of the First Edition of the Chickahominy River Atlas by Dr. Bill Trout September 29, 2014 | In search of Steamboat Nellie, 11 Feb 2007 [cached]
The chances are kind of slim of finding anything but you won't know until you do it," Bill Trout, past president of the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society, said."Even if he doesn't find the boat, he's getting more information about it."
Trout, who recently completed a detailed atlas of the Roanoke River and has studied river navigation throughout the state for many years, has been assisting Chamberlain in research.
"Brookneal was a place to bring your goods and tobacco for auction," Trout said.
But "people remember different things and they've been told different things," Trout said.
Officers, 20 Feb 2011 [cached]
William Trout III, 417 Phillips Street, Edenton, NC 27932, - Director, 252-482-5946
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