There are about 70 graveyards along the Blue Ridge Parkway from around Roanoke south to the North Carolina border. Back in the 30s the state bought the land and “homeplaces” and then in turn donated it to the federal government for the parkway.
Steven Kidd, an Archeologist for the Blue Ridge Parkway, says they are now wanting to both maintain and research the family plots.
A 14-acre stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot.
Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.
Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.
With land in Central Virginia selling at a premium, you might expect a local government agency to gladly accept donations, but the Albemarle County Board has walked away from a gift of 410 acres – a historic and environmentally significant site called Dudley Mountain, along 29 South, facing the Piedmonts.
When Montgomery Woods and Jose Lambert, two architects from NY, decided to retire, they took up residence on a mountain once owned by Woods’ grandfather.
“Because, although he was a lawyer, he truly wanted to be a farmer.”