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New monument to honor United States Colored Troops and African American contributions in Culpeper County

New monument to honor United States Colored Troops and African American contributions in Culpeper County

While a national reckoning with the impacts of long-standing Confederate symbolism has brought about the sweeping removal of many Civil War statues across the commonwealth, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, just ahead of Veteran’s Day, a new Civil War monument will rise up in Culpeper County, Virginia. Along Madden’s Tavern Road near the once-booming crossroads of Routes 610 and 724, this granite obelisk will memorialize the ultimate sacrifice of three veterans, United States Colored Troops (USCT) who were captured and executed by 9th Virginia Cavalry troops just 300 yards away on May 8, 1864.

Looking back on fall.

Looking back on fall.

The leaves have fallen and Thanksgiving’s in the rearview mirror, so it seems like as good a time as any to look back on an incredibly beautiful fall here in the northern Piedmont. As PEC’s staff photographer and videographer, I get to travel around to the most beautiful places in our region to make images. Looking back through my catalog from the past few months, there are a few photos that stand out that I want to share with you.

July at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

The native flower meadow our Piedmont Memorial Overlook property is almost at peak bloom!

This 50-acre property, which has one of the best views in Northern Virginia, is publicly accessible via Sky Meadows State Park. It’s a one-way 1.6-mile hike there via the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail, but many people make it a 4.6-mile loop that includes a stretch of the Appalachian Trail.