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Family Reacts to Eligibility of Home, Cemetery for Historic Places Registry

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An area family is speaking out about the Department of the Interior's decision on their ancestral property in the path of the Western Bypass.

On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced the Sammons House and nearby cemetery are eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places. A report said the house and cemetery will be considered as one property, though the Federal Highway Administration wanted the properties broken up.

Erica James, a Sammons family descendent, says the decision to make the Sammons house and cemetery eligible for the National Registry of Historic Places is positive – but adds that the family still hasn't seen the final plan for the road.

"I don't know yet whether VDOT is going to put forth a nomination of the property and they have yet to speak out how this ruling will impact their plans for the Western Bypass," said James.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are working on a final environmental assessment detailing the bypass's effects on the property.

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