Historic River View Farmhouse Seeks Help from Community for Preservation

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River View Farmhouse. River View Farmhouse.
Carr/Greer Family Residence, from the side of the house. Carr/Greer Family Residence, from the side of the house.
Several groups are looking to preserve the home. Several groups are looking to preserve the home.

A historic Albemarle County home is need of help.

A free slave built the River View Farmhouse in the 1800s and now, three groups are working to preserve it before history is lost.

The River View Farmhouse also is also known as the Carr-Greer house.

Ivy Creek, in partnership with Albemarle County and Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, work to make the house a focal point of the Ivy Creek landscape.

"It was built around 1880 by Hugh Carr an emancipative slave, he raised a large family of 7 children here, his daughter Mary Carr inherited the proper, she and her husband Conly Greer lived here from 19 teens until his death,” said Steve Thompson, archeologist.

Currently, the house continues to hold a history lesson of African-American history that many don't recognize.

Liz Sargant, historical landscape architect said, "The house is a rare surviving example of a part of history that we're just starting to connect with and learn more about and it's been kind of a forgotten era and it's really important to inspire our community."

Although the house is not in the best condition, if restored, all will not be lost.

"We would love to figure out the best way to prepare all of the condition problems. There are broken windows, there's cracks, the roof is leaking a little bit and there's some foundation issues,” said Sargent. "We need help with researching, with brain-storming ideas, what would be the best stories to tell, what would people be interested in to learn about and of course we always need fundraising assistance."

The idea is to get more people involved in the community to save the house, which prompted a meeting Sunday between three groups at the home, but it comes down to one point.

"A richer and fuller understanding of our community’s history,” said Thompson.

The house would be open for the public to tour and for student classes.

Ivy Creek is accepting donations to put toward the house to get the process running faster.