Archive for the ‘Cemetery’ Category

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 (  See also 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 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

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


CVHR meeting (Mar 7): Sammons Cemetery Research

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

In the past several months, CVHR has learned of an African-American cemetery in the path of the proposed Route 29/Western Bypass.  Buried there are Jesse Scott Sammons, his wife and son, and Dr. George R. Ferguson, the first black physician in Charlottesville/Albemarle County.  Sammons was the son of Rollins and Sarah Scott Sammons of Hydraulic Mills and, for many years, teacher and principal at the Union Ridge school. This meeting will be dedicated to discussing our research into this once vibrant community. We will be joined by descendants of these families at our meeting.

Several CVHR members have been working closely with some of the descendants to prepare a response to the cemetery report submitted by VDOT; these members sent a packet of comments and historical information to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) a week ago. We can discuss the response to this packet and additional steps forward at the meeting.