Is there any place on the Emory & Henry campus that is more iconic and beloved than the Duck Pond? Or a place more in need of our help?

Now is our chance to preserve the Duck Pond as a space for quiet reflection, a gathering spot for members of the College and community and, looking forward, the place on campus to mark the very founding of Emory & Henry. You can even leave your own tangible tribute on a new brick paver to be incorporated into the Duck Pond landscape.

Why this effort?

For most all E&H alumni, students, employees and friends, the Duck Pond is the very heart of campus. For decades along its banks, countless students have pondered their futures, pledged their love, shared pithy thoughts, ratted, relaxed, demonstrated, pranked, crammed, cavorted, and, well, simply celebrated life. We cannot imagine an Emory & Henry without its Duck Pond. That’s why the College’s Board of Trustees has directed that it be rebuilt as soon as possible and in a way to ensure it will last decades into the future.


Why now?

The Duck Pond’s current condition is dire. Originally built in 1950, the walls of the pond’s basin are starting to collapse. Silt from the eroding banks of the incoming stream is promoting out-of-control aquatic growth on the pond’s floor, and on several occasions in recent years, leaks have unexpectedly drained the pond. The pond is currently filled, though the most recent repair (summer 2016) is projected to last for about 12 to 18 months.

What will it take to do the job?

$600,000 in contributions is needed to completely rebuild the pond basin while augmenting the Duck Pond with a beautiful pavilion and gazebo. Also, the moving story of Emory & Henry’s beginning will be told at a Founders Plaza to be constructed on the foundation of the pump house at the very site of the springs that caused the College to be located on grounds it occupies today. A pedestrian bridge over the adjacent creek, brick paver paths, handicapped accessibility, landscaping and lighting will round out the project, complementing beauty with utility, thereby creating an enchanting and most attractive space.

Create your very own Duck Pond legacy!

Given the extraordinary connection that most all E&H alumni, students, employees and friends have with this iconic place, the College is encouraging donors to associate their names (or those they wish to honor or remember) with the Duck Pond in a tangible way. Opportunities to name the pavilion, gazebo, bridge, benches, tables and other architectural elements connected to the project were made available. However, the Founders Plaza is the only remaining naming opportunity available. 

Help pave the way!

Additionally, the College is offering donors in the $150 − $2,500 gift range the option of having a brick or granite paver in varying sizes marked with an inscription of their choosing.* What a wonderful way to associate your name with this special place in an enduring way. Or, perhaps, you may wish to remember a favorite faculty member, grandchildren or a family name that has seen multiple generations attend Emory & Henry. Pavers may also carry the names of organizations and businesses. Consider the possibilities!
*All inscriptions are subject to stated limitations and the approval of Emory & Henry College

Share your Duck Pond Story.

If you have an interesting story or anecdote to tell in which the Duck Pond played a role, we want to hear about it. Send your submissions via email to #G9.3tah%pSIs]#[s+&nz1GQey5*i or go to We will do our best to share these stories.

The new look…

The Founders Plaza will be built on the spring’s old foundation and will honor the four founders of the College, William Byars, Alexander Findley, Creed Fulton and Tobias Smyth, acting on behalf of the Holston Conference of the [United] Methodist Church. The gazebo will sit on the north side of the Duck Pond with anchored but movable benches for versatility of use.


Direct Contribution: Go online at to make a gift of any amount.

Leave a Memory at the Pond

For donations of $150 to $2,500, the College offers the option to inscribe a name and/or message on a brick or granite paver as described below. Your message may be to honor a beloved professor or staff member, commemorate class years, proclaim the names of grandchildren and more.

A brick paver inscribed with your message* will be placed on the apron and walkways around the Duck Pond and Founders Plaza as follows:

Gift LevelPaver SizePaver MaterialLocation

* Requested inscriptions will be subject to stated limitation and must be approved by the College.

$150 4 x 8 clay brick Pavilion apron & walkways
$500 8 x 8 clay brick Pavilion apron & walkways
$1000 12 x 12 concrete paver Pavilion apron & walkways
$2,500 12 x 12 granite (limited to 10) Founders Plaza

For those donors who choose to make their Duck Pond donation by accessing the on-line giving form and who qualify for a brick and want one, please email pT7QVZS{I}q?u]#[a9-@Kq5d&+Wzk or call 276-944-6119 to indicate your suggested inscription.

The Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities are as follows: (Founders Plaza is the only remaining naming opportunity.)

Please contact the College's Office of Advancement with any questions regarding naming opportunities at the Duck Pond. Given the need and immediacy of the Save the Duck Pond, gifts up to $24,999 are to be fulfilled at the time of commitment. The fulfillment period of commitments of $25,000 and greater will be decided by mutual written agreement between the donor and the College. Donors are asked to continue their E&H Fund and I-HEY support in addition to their Duck Pond contributions.

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For more information, contact:A-]/?#X~w6VG4]#[.pSx0F=g[C8'* 276-944-6119
Emory & Henry College (E&H) in southwest Virginia (SWVA).

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