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.


Mount-Olive-Church-Family-from-L-Washington-Collection-courtesy-AAHA

Story Map Project: Fauquier’s Historic African American Communities

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The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County and The Piedmont Environmental Council are excited to share a new, interactive, online story map documenting the African American experience in Fauquier County. The story map provides digital access to information about the ...
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photo simulation of tower site

Rangel Communication Proposes 199-ft Tower in Thoroughfare Gap

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The following text was taken from an email alert sent out on April 16, 2021. Sign up for PEC email alerts >> Photo simulation facing southwest towards the tower site. The red line marks the location and the height of ...
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The Long Road to Waterloo Bridge

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A rehabilitated Waterloo Bridge, now open again to vehicle traffic. Photo by Hugh Kenny, PEC. When I saw “replacement” of the circa 1878 Waterloo Bridge—the oldest metal truss bridge still in service in Virginia at the time—on the Fauquier County ...
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aerial shot from Bull Run Mountains

History at the Top of Bull Run Mountain

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Bull Run Mountains. Credit Hugh Kenny, PEC. Stretching 15 miles from the village of Aldie in Loudoun County south to New Baltimore in Fauquier County, the Bull Run Mountains have stories to tell. The mountain range is home to 10 ...
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Earl Hawkins and family stand in front of old chimney

Honoring the Sacrifice Made for a Park We Love

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Standing at an overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Photo by Hugh Kenny. One unseasonably warm, early spring morning, I walked down Hungry Horse Lane in Rappahannock County with Earl “Kit” Hawkins and his wife, daughter and son-in-law. Eastern bluebirds, a ...
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