Historic Resources Committee Wants to Honor Vinegar Hill Neighborhood
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville’s Historic Resources Committee is working to determine the best next steps to honor the historic Vinegar Hill neighborhood.
Walking tours, temporary markers, and city engagement were just a few of the topics discussed at the committee’s meeting Wednesday morning. The committee discussed hiring a project manager to take the lead on designing markers to honor the neighborhood.
There is currently a temporary memorial to Vinegar Hill on the west end of the Downtown Mall and the group wants to add to that in the near future. The group also wants to involve members of the community in the final plan of the project.
"How to keep that content alive, rotating content, maybe adding new [content] as it goes, and then the second piece is working towards when the construction is done, as a committee encouraging council to consider next steps," said historic preservation and design planner Jeff Werner.
The committee also discussed working with the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. The Jefferson School is developing a walking tour of Vinegar Hill.
The committee stressed that the markers can't tell the whole story, but they want to use it as a starting point and direct people elsewhere to learn more.