Historic & Scenic Landscapes

The Piedmont’s beautiful vistas also represent some of America’s most historic terrain—where visionaries, pioneers, farmers, generals, soldiers, enslaved people, and presidents lived and left their mark.


An African American cemetery near Achsah, in Madison County

Undocumented Cemeteries & Burial Grounds

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An African American cemetery near Achsah, in Madison County where members of the Brown, James and Carpenter families are buried. The landowner is working with PEC to document it through research and on-site survey. We Need Your Help! Cemeteries and ...
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Video: Documenting Fauquier's Forgotten History

Video: Documenting Fauquier’s Forgotten History

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In 1860, free and enslaved African Americans made up half of Fauquier County’s entire population. After the Civil War, Black communities like Morgantown, two miles south of Marshall, that grew out of emancipation held powerful meaning as community centers where ...
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A historical image of a building, set on a table.

Story Map Brings History to Light

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In 1860, free and enslaved African Americans made up half of Fauquier County’s entire population. Black communities like Morgantown, two miles south of Marshall and where Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County President Karen Hughes White and Board Member Angela ...
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Update on St. Louis / Aldie

Update on St. Louis / Aldie

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Outside the St. Louis public hearing. Credit: Hugh Kenny/PEC On Wednesday, June 9, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors held two important public hearings. The first was to listen to residents’ thoughts about how the county should address the Middleburg Preserve ...
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Sharon and Marcus near Mt. Zion church in St Louis

Development Pressure Squeezes St. Louis Residents and Water Supply

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Aerial of St. Louis, looking south. Photo by Hugh Kenny, PEC. The signs at both entrances to the village of St. Louis proudly describe the hamlet as one of the oldest African American townships in Loudoun. It was built on ...
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