Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project to hold Public Meeting

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White Hall, VA - The Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project (ABRHP), one of eight county-level grassroots efforts connected to the Blue Ridge Heritage Project, announces a public information campaign to identify names of families who lived in the section of Albemarle County that is now part of Shenandoah National Park for a planned monument in their honor to be erected in Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve (commonly referred to as “Byrom Park”).

Albemarle County Supervisor and ABRHP Steering Committee member Ann Mallek explained, “The central mission of the project is to create a monument, in the form of a stone chimney with a memorial plaque, to honor displaced families.” Added Mallek, “these families gave so much for the park millions enjoy each year; it’s time - long overdue, frankly - that we recognize and honor their sacrifices.”

“The group plans to include a shelter that will house historical and cultural information panels honoring these families and plans are being developed to use the shelter for mission-related cultural events, living history presentations, displays, and demonstrations,” ABRHP Steering Committee Chair Paul Cantrell noted. “Through these cultural events,” Cantrell added, “the project will encourage historical and cultural tourism to the area and educate today’s visitors as well as future generations about the people who lived in this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains before the park and who had to leave their homes to make Shenandoah National Park possible.”

Members of the Steering Committee will host a public meeting at the White Hall Ruritan Club, 2904 Brown’s Gap Turnpike (intersection of routes 614 and 810), Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m.

About Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project: Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project is a grassroots effort to honor the sacrifices made by Albemarle County, Virginia residents and landowners who were displaced so that Shenandoah National Park could be established. For more information on ABRHP, please visit http://www.blueridgeheritageproject.com/albemarle/.