Historic & Scenic Landscapes

The Piedmont's beautiful vistas also present some of America's most historic terrain-where visionaries, pioneers, farmers, generals, soldiers, slaves and Presidents lived and left their mark.

From the Piedmont View

The following articles appeared in PEC's Membership Newsletter -- The Piedmont View

On the Ground -- Summer 2017

Jun 15, 2017
Updates from the around the PEC region, organized by county. Albemarle: Utility Scale Photovoltaic Power Generation Sites in Albemarle. Clarke: Zoning, Planning and Conservation Updates. Culpeper:…

Remington Walks

Jun 15, 2017
Walkable locales with recreation options are, simply put, nicer places to live and visit, and they increase quality of life. That is why we have partnered with the Town of Remington and various…

A small town with a lot to offer

Sep 22, 2016
Creating a community park takes quite a bit of planning, which is why the historic railroad town of Remington is about to receive support for adding recreational space for its residents and visitors.…

Preserving History at Jack’s Shop and James City

Sep 22, 2016
PEC received a grant of $35,300 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program to research the history of two previously undocumented Civil War battles that occurred at…

President's Letter - Summer 2016

Jun 06, 2016
We are mourning the loss of Bill Backer, long-time PEC supporter and Piedmont Foundation President, who passed away on May 13, 2016. An advertising genius who taught the “world to sing” when he…

Montpelier-Grelen Trail Receives “Virginia Treasures” Award

Jun 06, 2016
Part of a nine-mile trail system with old-growth forests and meadows, the Montpelier-Grelen Trail links the historic James Madison’s Montpelier with Grelen Nursery, a 25-year-old working tree nursery…

President's Letter - Spring 2016

Mar 18, 2016
In February, I faced a new challenge—explaining the mission and programs of PEC to millennials. I was asked to give a guest lecture to an audience of undergraduate and graduate students at the…

More Historic & Scenic Landscapes

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    Nov 04, 2017

    Nov. 9 Key Vote for Waterloo Bridge - Time to Act!

    After nearly four years working to save Waterloo Bridge, success is within arm's reach! On November 9, 2017 at 6:30pm the Fauquier Board of Supervisors will make a decision that will effectively determine the bridge’s fate. This text was taken from an email alert we sent out on November 4, 2017. Read More
  • Mar 07, 2017

    Comments Requesting Re-evaluation of Statewide Historic Bridge Inventory

    The Commonwealth’s historic bridges create a sense of place and a link to the past. These bridges - versus featureless concrete slabs - are community amenities. They provide not just the physical crossing of a stream or river, but an experience that connects people to both the road and the surrounding landscape.  Read More
  • Jan 13, 2014

    Commentary on Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line

    On Tuesday November 26th the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued its Final Order approving a 500 kV line that crosses the James River near Williamsburg, Virginia... This application was extremely controversial from its inception3. At 500 kV this line is very large, more typical of an inter-state transmission line than a 7.4 mile intra-state regional reliability solution. Read More
  • Feb 11, 2012

    Honoring Local History

    "This part of northern Virginia has soaked up more of the blood, sweat and tears of American history than any other part of the country." --Late Yale historian C. Vann Woodward Read More
  • Dec 14, 2011

    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

    PEC is proud to be a part of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising national awareness of the unparalleled history in the region. Read More
  • Dec 14, 2011

    Tools to Preserve Rural Land

    Many tools are available to preserve rural land, from private land conservation to Purchase of Development Rights programs, land use taxation, zoning provisions and more. Read More

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