The Blue Ridge Heritage Project is a grassroots effort to honor the sacrifices made by Greene County families and landowners who were displaced so that the Shenandoah National Park could be established.
The mission of the project is to create a monument, in the form of a stone chimney with a bronze plaque, to honor these families and their sacrifices. Additionally, the group plans to educate visitors about the families, their stories, and what their life was like on the mountain through cultural displays.
The project plans to encourage historical and cultural tourism to the area and educate these visitors about the people who lived in this area of the Blue Ridge Mountains before the park.
Information on the Memorial’s Stones
Information provided by Roger Powell:
*Present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Korfanty
*Previous owners were the Wilson Lamb family
*Historic owner who lived in the log house with this rock chimney was the Demarcus (“Marcus”, “Mark”) Lubin Haney family. The Haneys lived in the log house from before 1920 until moving into their new frame home. In 1943 he died. The log building was still intact in 1970, but due to structural problems and safety, it was taken down by Mr. Korfanty. A buyer purchased the logs to be reused in another building.
Demarcus L. Haney was listed in Greene Censuses, 1920, 1930,
and 1940 in the McMullen area. He had a family of about 10 children. His wife, Naomi Selena Dean Haney, was the daughter of Solomon Milton Dean, on whose property was started the Dean Cemetery on Skyline Drive. Both Haneys and some of their children are buried in the Stanardsville Community Cemetery. Larry Lamb, Darryl and Jackie Whidby, are the builders of the chimney.
“I designed the chimney that we’re rebuilding,” Lamb said. “We’re gonna lay it all in a dry-stack look. You won’t see any mortar; all the joints will be real tight. It will be laid like an old stone chimney that was in the park.”
Building of Greene’s Memorial
Images of the construction process. We want to thank stonemason, Darryl Whidby and his wife Jackie, along with Larry Lamb for their hard work and dedication to our monuments and history. Darryl has also built 4 other Memorials for the BRHP.
Double your money!
Every dollar you donate to the Greene County Memorial will be doubled by a Perry Foundation Grant! Help us remember those who were displaced to create the Shenandoah Memorial Park!
Look for the electronic “Donate Now” link on this page or send a check to:
P.O. Box 185
Stanardsville, VA 22973
Keep an eye out here for future events.
Photo Gallery: Photos of Greene’s Past
Photos are not to be reproduced without the permission of the owner.