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. 

Creating a Digital Record – The Formation of Shenandoah National Park

Creating a Digital Record – The Formation of Shenandoah National Park

Read about an effort to digitize the thousands of legal documents related to the condemnation of private land within eight counties for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. The goal is to make all of the deed book records, court proceedings and individual condemnation case files publicly accessible and searchable via an online database. The effort will forever memorialize the sacrifice made by so many, for the creation of a national resource we all enjoy today.

Scenic Rivers in the Piedmont – A StoryMap

Scenic Rivers in the Piedmont – A StoryMap

In 2020, the state of Virginia commemorates 50 years of dedication and commitment to the conservation of Virginia’s water resources through the Virginia Scenic Rivers Program. In honor of that anniversary, PEC Fellowship program participants, Meredith Hickman and David Malcolm, created a StoryMap that celebrates the ten designated scenic rivers in The Piedmont Environmental Council’s region.

The Piedmont Memorial Overlook

The Piedmont Memorial Overlook sits on 50 acres owned by The Piedmont Environmental Council, and is part of a corridor of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is permanently protected by Sky Meadows State Park, the G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and private land under conservation easement.

The Rapidan River-Clark Mountain Rural Historic District

 The Rapidan River-Clark Mountain Rural Historic District is a nearly 40,000 acre historic landscape in Orange County and parts of Madison and Culpeper Counties that has been determined eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places for its high concentration of historic resources.

Driving in the Right Direction

Driving in the Right Direction

Finally, after a four-year battle to save the Route 613 Waterloo Bridge over the Rappahannock River, success is in sight. The bridge, which connects Fauquier and Culpeper counties, is a treasured historic resource for local residents and visitors to the region. Following its closure, there was a huge citizen response in support of rehabilitating the structure. Thousands of people have taken action. They have signed a petition, written emails, made phone calls, attended meetings, posted on Facebook and put up yard signs, all in support of saving Waterloo Bridge.

These Hills Were Home

These Hills Were Home

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A walking history guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Greene and Western Madison County, Virginia. This new book, written by PEC’s Kristie Kendall, provides a historic context and trail guide for life in the mountains, from the first white settlers through the 1930s, when land was obtained for the creation of Shenandoah National Park.