Greene's Mountain Heritage: An Open House at Cecil Mission

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 10:00 AM
Location: Cecil Mission, Stanardsville, Virginia

The Cecil Mission near Stanardsville.

Join The Piedmont Environmental Council on Saturday, April 22nd for a trip back in time to learn about the mountain culture of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. On the land of the Cecil Mission in Greene County, which was organized around 1910, this event will include tours of the mission’s chapel building, family photo displays, memorabilia, oral histories, and a historical overview of the area.

Members of the Taylor, Lamb, Samuels, Conley, Herring, Meadows, Collier, Roach, Shifflett and many other families will be present to discuss their memories of the mountain life in Greene County. Archival materials, including early film footage of the area and historic maps, will also be on display.

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Want to visit home sites of some of your descendants or just interested in looking at the remains of homesteads in the Park? The Cecil Mission is not far from some of the area's best hiking trails, many of which pass by historic features that are partially hidden in the forest. With a little closer look, you can often see old home sites, rock walls, garden terraces, and cemeteries – particularly before the plants begin to bloom. PEC is in the process of securing shuttles to the nearby Saddleback Mountain trailhead, which will include a driving tour of the Lydia community. If you are interested, contact Robin Cross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sign ups for the shuttle will begin in early April.

Enjoy light refreshments and conversation at the Mission throughout the day and live music from local musicians. 

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Driving directions to the event parking area will be emailed prior to the event. Elderly or disabled visitors can be dropped off at the church. Check in with parking staff upon arrival.

We’re looking for more people to share displays of their Greene mountain heritage at the event. If interested, please contact Robin Cross at 540-347-2334, ext. 7061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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