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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.

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

President's Letter - Summer 2020

Jun 18, 2020
With so much going on around us that we cannot control, doing what we can to make our part of the world better becomes all the more important. This past spring, our staff made a quick and orderly…

2019 Land Conservation Totals

Mar 12, 2020
In 2019, private landowners, working together with land trusts and public agencies, protected 12,475 acres of land in Albemarle, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange and…

From the Blue Ridge to the Bay

Sep 15, 2019
In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working with the Montpelier Foundation, donated three conservation easements to PEC that permanently protected 1,024 acres at James Madison’s…

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…

More Historic & Scenic Landscapes

  • May 01, 2020

    Video: Moment of Zen

    A short film highlighting some of the beautiful landscapes of our region.  Read More
  • Mar 03, 2020

    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. Read More
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    Feb 26, 2020

    Highlighting African American Historic Conservation Projects

    This Black History Month, we’re highlighting local conservation projects that have protected significant African American sites and cultural resources. Read More
  • waterloo bridge
    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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