Celebrating Mountain Heritage

We've created an online survey to help identify undocumented, unrecognized or unprotected historic resources in the Blue Ridge. Please take a few minutes to help identify historic sites that are important to you or your community.

placeholder imageAttendees enjoying our 2015 mountain heritage event at Thorton's Gap Primitive Baptist Church in Rappahannock County.

As someone fascinated by local history, I’ve often noticed that Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains lack a comprehensive historic resources inventory. This lack of information on local historic sites is particularly noticeable when you search the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Register, which returns pages of results for urban localities like Arlington or Fairfax, but is sparse for more rural counties like Rappahannock, Madison, and Greene.

Which is why I’ve asked two members of PEC’s Summer Fellowship program, Chloe Harris from Smith College and MacKenzie Earl from George Mason University, to create an online survey to help identify undocumented, unrecognized or unprotected historic resources in the Blue Ridge.

This is where you come in. If you are from Albemarle, Greene, Madison or Rappahannock County, please take a few minutes to help identify historic sites that are important to you or your community. 

Take the Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage Survey >>

This region presents some of America's most historic terrain-where visionaries, pioneers, farmers, generals, soldiers, slaves and Presidents lived and left their mark. PEC honors the history and heritage of the many hundreds of families that once called the Blue Ridge Mountains home through our Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage Program. In order to continue the work of identifying and potentially preserving historic sites- we need to hear from you regarding sites on or near your property that may be of historic value.

Chloe and MacKenzie have a short time to complete their summer practicum project which will include an initial review of the survey results. So please take a moment and fill out the survey today!

Sincerely,

Kristie Kendall
Historic Preservation Manager
The Piedmont Environmental Council
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Historic Tract Maps

At our Mountain Heritage events we have had historic tract maps of Shenandoah National Park on display. These maps, which are 24"x36", show historic ownership in the Blue Ridge Mountains prior to acquisition of the land for the creation of Shenandoah National. Each tract of land is identified by the former landowner's name and current road and trails overlaid on the map, enable family members to figure out where their relatives once lived.

Due to interest, we are making our mountain heritage maps available for purchase by PEC members.

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