Archive for the ‘Post-Bellum Population’ Category

CVHR Meeting (December 7, 2017): Telling the Ivy Creek Story with Story Maps

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Story maps are web pages that blend interactive maps with photos and text.  Erik Irtenkauf demonstrated his story map of the history of the Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Digital maps and aerial photographs, supplemented by explanatory text and historical documents, show how freed slave Hugh Carr gradually acquired the acreage that became River View Farm and passed it on to his children.  Erik is expanding the story to include the post-Civil War African American community of Hydraulic Mills-Union Ridge.  And a time slider will soon make the depiction of change over time even easier to access.  You can see the Ivy Creek story map at https://ivycreek.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html.  Erik will present “Albemarle’s History Story Mapping” at the Ivy Creek Natural Area on Sunday, April 8th at 2 PM.

CVHR Meeting (Sep. 1): What’s Going On Out There?

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

A lively and well-attended meeting at which we heard about three local projects involving local history.

Paul Cantrell told us about the Blue Ridge Heritage Project, a grassroots effort to honor the families displaced for the creation of Shenandoah National Park (SNP); Paul chairs the Albemarle chapter.  On November 5, a chimney rebuilt with stones from Blackwell’s Hollow and bearing a plaque with names of the displaced families will be dedicated at Byrom Park, which is adjacent to the SNP.  Phil James, author of Secrets of the Blue Ridge, is leading the search to identify the family names.  If you know of any families, particularly non-landowners, who were relocated during the creation of the SNP, do let Paul know (albemarleblueridgeheritage@gmail.com).  See also www.blueridgeheritageproject.com/albemarle/ and search “Blue Ridge Heritage Project” on Facebook.

Edwina St. Rose and Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond spoke about the work of the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery and showed us some of the biographical information they have been posting on their Facebook page (in the Facebook.com search box just start writing “preservers” and it will come right up).  Established in 1873, the cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 and lately received funding from the city of Charlottesville for repairs and improvements.  You can help to identify some of the approximately 300 people buried there.  For a list of known names write cstanton1811@gmail.com.

Jeff Werner from the Piedmont Environmental Council told us of his hope that some forgotten history will be included in the county’s plans for the area around the new grade-separated intersection at Rio Road and Route 29.  We can help by providing information to stimulate recognition and interpretation of local history and preservation of significant sites.  Jeff mentioned the late 19th and early 20th century Woodburn Road/Cartersburg community as of particular interest.  Jeff’s email is jwerner@pecva.org.

 

March 7th Meeting: African American Schools

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Topic: Albemarle County Schools after the Civil War

Time to begin exploring aspects of community formation in depth, and to look at them in relation to our two study sites. First, education. Lynn Rainville, Gayle Schulman, and Dede Smith will update us on the Rosenwald schools project, records dealing with county schools, teachers, and attendance, and Hydraulic-area schools. Contributions from others are welcomed.

Note: the meeting is canceled if Monticello is closed because of inclement weather. For information, go to or call 434-984-9822, press 1, then press 4 for a recorded announcement