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Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District Community Meeting

November 4 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

three images: aerial of farmland and river, an old white church, and old big grey house with white pillars
Photos of the Rapidan Mill, Petersburg Church and house at Horseshoe Farm.

Join neighbors and friends to learn more about our initiative to list the Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Staff from The Piedmont Environmental Council, along with the Fairfield Foundation/DATA Investigations LLC and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will lead a discussion about what a rural historic district is, the nomination process and the historical significance of the area.

There will be a presentation upfront, followed by plenty of time for questions! If you can’t tune in on Nov. 4, you can watch the recording of the meeting that will be sent to all registrants following the event.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 pm online via Zoom. All participants are asked to register ahead of time.

A rural historic district is a geographic area with a significant concentration of buildings, structures, roads and waterways, cultural and historic landscapes and natural features, which has been recognized for its historical significance by formal listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

The Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District is a nearly 40,000 acre historic landscape covering Orange County and parts of Madison and Culpeper counties. Research for the Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District will include the identification of under-documented historic resources, such as country stores, vernacular buildings, as well as African American and Native American resources.

The designation creates more awareness about a community’s unique cultural, historic and natural assets, which often leads to a greater effort to preserve that history for future generations. It is honorary and does not impose any restrictions on private property owners.

Questions about the project or meeting details should be directed to Kristie Kendall, Historic Preservation Coordinator for The Piedmont Environmental Council, 540-347-2334, x. 7061


Getting this beautiful, historically significant area listed on the state and national registers relies on the help of landowners who’ll take us on a short tour of their property so that we can record and photograph historic buildings, structures and significant sites. Creating this inventory helps document the history of the area and strengthens our nomination. If you live within the boundaries of the proposed district, please consider filling out this historic district landowner form. Filling out the form will help our consultants connect directly with you to schedule a convenient time to document your property. Documentation typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes and involves photography of exteriors only.