Greene’s Mountain Heritage: An Open House at Cecil Mission

On April 22, 2017, the Piedmont Environmental Council hosted our sixth annual mountain heritage celebration at the Cecil Mission Chapel near Stanardsville. At least 100 people attended throughout the day – visitors learned about the rich culture and traditions of the families that once called these mountains home and some even walked the trails through Shenandoah National Park to see some of these former home sites in person.

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Reverend David Wayland shared his reminiscences of ministering at Mission Home in Blackwell’s Hollow during the latter day’s of the mountain missions, as well as shared his impressions of the mountain people and their communities. Pickin’ Daisies and Judy Pagter shared some beautiful music with us and 10 families brought displays, photo albums and memorabilia to share. It was a wonderful day, filled with music, memories, and a renewed appreciation for the Blue Ridge Mountain heritage. Thank you to all who took part! With special thanks to Alan Yost of Greene County Economic Development and Tourism for sponsoring the event.

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Those who attended the April 22, 2017 Greene’s Mountain Heritage event had the opportunity to buy one of our Historic Tract Maps, which we had on display at the event. These tract maps show the ownership of land within the Greene County portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains prior to the creation of Shenandoah National Park. The maps, in a 24×36’ format, are available for our members to purchase for $15, including tax, shipping, and handling. Those who purchase a print of this map, can also receive a digital version of the map.

To purchase a map, visit our online order page >>