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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.