Julius Valentine Hofman, Mayesville
The Hofman memorial marker consists of an upright, roughly rectangular block of unfinished stone with a bronze tablet attached. The unadorned tablet is set into the stone and a flag pole stands behind. A walkway from a gravel parking area forms a half-circle around the memorial.
IN RECOGNITION OF / JULIUS VALENTINE HOFMAN / THIS HOFFMAN FOREST, A 78,000 ACRE TRACT ESTABLISHED / IN 1934 AND DEDICATED TO DEMONSTRATE SOUND FORESTRY / EDUCATION AND PRACTICE, IS THE RESULT OF THE PIONEERING / VISION, ENERGY AND RESOURCEFULNESS OF THE FIRST / DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AT NORTH CAROLINA / STATE UNIVERSITY.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE N.C. FORESTRY FOUN- / DATION, INC. ERECTED THIS MONUMENT AS AN HONOR TO / THIS OUTSTANDING FORESTER. / 1965
NC State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
November 11, 1965
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The Board of Directors of the N.C. Forestry Foundation
The memorial marker was dedicated three months after Hofman’s death in August of 1965.
When Julius Hofmann earned his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Minnesota in 1914 he was the first person in America to receive a doctorate in forestry. In 1929 he was appointed Head of the Department of Forestry at NC State College, and Director of Forestry in 1932. He helped found the North Carolina Forestry Foundation and also to establish the largest forest preserve in Eastern North Carolina now named Hofmann Forest. After his retirement from N. C. State College (University) in 1948 Hofmann continued to serve as manager of the North Carolina Forestry Foundation.
The Hofmann Forest named in his honor is located in the coastal region of North Carolina near Jacksonville. The forest contains nearly 80,000 contiguous acres and is situated on what was historically referred to as the White Oak pocosin. Pocosin is an Algonquin Indian word for “swamp on a hill.”
The marker is located at the Hofmann Forest Headquarters building on Forestry Center Circle off of New Bern Highway (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling south.
The memorial marker stands in front of a headquarters building, surrounded by trees and scarce plants.