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Historical Society Urges Public to Preserve Properties

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The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is asking for the public's help to identify buildings worth preserving in the city and county.

The society’s director, Steven Meeks, says the idea to begin the list this year came when the society learned of three buildings in Albemarle County that predate 1800 and are falling into disrepair.

Six years ago, the historical society featured an exhibit called “Lost Albemarle" that featured all the historic buildings in the area that had been demolished over the years. Meeks says the idea was to try and raise public interest in preserving those properties. Now, he says the new program will offer a stronger push to get the community engaged.

"Our hope is to identify these properties, raise public awareness about what is being lost in the county and hopefully maybe develop some sort of dialogue with the property owners and what could be done to preserve them before they're lost,” Meeks said.

Submissions will be collected to the community until December, then will be compiled into a numbered list, ranking properties by how endangered they are.

An award for the property owner who best takes care of his or her historic building will be presented in October.

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