Historic & Scenic Landscapes

Virginia’s Piedmont is a unique place for residents and visitors alike, with its exceptional natural resources, productive farms and forests, and a landscape steeped in history.

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Falling into Autumn

The leaves are of particular interest to me, especially before they drop and are a fusion of colors. While a pigment change seems simple, there is quite a bit of biology and chemistry at work …
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Mapping Historic African American Land Ownership

As part of PEC’s mission to protect historic resources, we have been working on the ground with communities throughout our nine-county region to document historic parcels from the 1800s through today, including those relevant to …
a monopole cell tower over trees

AT&T Tower Proposal Threatens Scenic Ridgeline and Violates County Code

At 6 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on a proposed AT&T monopole tower to be built on the ridgeline of Short Hill Mountain in …
Davis St in Culpeper with cars and old buildings.

Historic Districts

PEC has a long track record of working to create historic districts throughout our nine-county service area in an effort to bring communities together to think about the long-term protection of their unique cultural and …
Video: Documenting Fauquier's Forgotten History

Video: Documenting Fauquier’s Forgotten History

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 …
A historical image of a building, set on a table.

Story Map Brings History to Light

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 …
Update on St. Louis / Aldie

Update on St. Louis / Aldie

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 development and planning and …
Sharon and Marcus near Mt. Zion church in St Louis

Development Pressure Squeezes St. Louis Residents and Water Supply

Loudoun County has an opportunity to protect the health, safety and welfare of St. Louis residents in two distinct ways …