Celebrating Mountain Heritage

The Piedmont Environmental Council honors the history and heritage of the many hundreds of families that once called the Blue Ridge Mountains home through a variety of activities, events and partnerships.

Rappahannock family pre Shenandoah National Park formation

Creating a Digital Record – The Formation of Shenandoah National Park

Read about an effort to digitize the thousands of legal documents related to the condemnation of private land within eight counties for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. The goal is to make all …

These Hills Were Home

A walking history guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Greene and Western Madison County, Virginia …
Annual Mountain Heritage Events

Annual Mountain Heritage Events

Each spring since 2012, PEC hosts a mountain heritage day in a different location and different county surrounding Shenandoah National Park to recognize the history and heritage of the families that once lived in and …
Blue Ridge Heritage Project

Blue Ridge Heritage Project

The Blue Ridge Heritage Project unveiled its first memorial site in 2015 in Madison County. Photos by Kristie Kendall. Incorporated in 2013, the Blue Ridge Heritage Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to continue the …
The Great Homecoming:  An Open House at the McAllister Cabin

The Great Homecoming: An Open House at the McAllister Cabin

Despite some rainy weather, nearly 250 people visited the McAllister Home as part of an event that celebrated Albemarle’s Mountain Heritage. Bob and Carroll Gilges, who own the building and surrounding land, graciously opened their …