Historic & Scenic Landscapes

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.


Tools to Preserve Rural Land

Tools to Preserve Rural Land

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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. Comprehensive Plans Conservation Easements Purchase of Development Rights Programs Transfer of Development Rights Programs Agricultural ...
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1,000 Acres of Jefferson County Preserved

1,000 Acres of Jefferson County Preserved

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Members of the Carter family acted together in 2009 to protect nearly 1,000 acres of land in Albemarle County that has been in their family since 1730. The Carters' ancestors were neighbors to the Jeffersons, with a plantation about seven ...
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Wolftown Farm with Historic Round Barn Protected

Wolftown Farm with Historic Round Barn Protected

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Joyce Gentry lives on the land where she lived as a child-a farm in Wolftown in Madison County, toward the foothills of the mountains, that has been in her family for generations. Mrs. Gentry, a retired math teacher, says, "I've ...
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Unison Historic District Offers a Window to the Civil War

Unison Historic District Offers a Window to the Civil War

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The village of Unison in western Loudoun, as if charmed in some way to keep from changing, is a quiet hamlet of well-kept old buildings, with many farmhouses, barns and churches that measure their age in centuries.  They are settled ...
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Victory at Wilderness Battlefield

Victory at Wilderness Battlefield

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In a dramatic win for historic preservation, after three years of controversy, Walmart has dropped its plans to build a Supercenter at the edge of Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County. On the first day of a court case contesting Orange ...
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