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Dr. William E. Trout III

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District Representative

Phone: (252) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.org
Local Address:  Edenton , North Carolina , United States
Virginia Canals & Navigations Society Inc
3806 South Amherst Hwy
Madison Heights , Virginia 24572
United States

Company Description: The Virginia Canals and Navigations Society's web pages offer general information of value to its members and interested "canal buffs" with access to the World Wide...   more

Employment History

  • President
    Navigation Society
  • President
    Virginia Canal

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
69 Total References
Web References
VC&NS Trustees & Board of Governors – Contact Information | Virginia Canals & Navigations Society, 23 Oct 2015 [cached]
Bill Trout's Projects Page
Bill Trout - (2012-2015) - (252-482-5946) -
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
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. | 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.
Virginia Canals & Navigations Society, 26 April 2015 [cached]
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and VC&NS Trustee Dr. Bill Trout at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and VC&NS Trustee Dr. Bill Trout (right) at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow.
Dr. Bill Trout presented Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with the brand new Chickahominy River Atlas at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Providence Forge, Virginia on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.
The Chickahominy River Atlas, by William E. Trout, III, Stran L. Trout, and Lyle E. Browning with the James River Association and the Chickahominy Tribes.
Bill Trout
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