The Blue Ridge Heritage Project is a grassroots effort to honor the sacrifices made by Page 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 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.
To be announced! Keep an eye out on this section for events.
On September 17 the Page County committee dedicated their monument in the Ed Good Memorial Park in Stanley. It was a beautiful day with a good turnout for this special event. The plaque was unveiled jointly by Bertha Dale (Aleshire) Chaplin, Marlene (Cave) Bell, Wesley Breeden, and Chester Jenkins, all of whom were children when their families moved out of the mountains.
Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us at the dedication of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project of Page County chimney monument on Sunday, September 17 at 3 pm. This local grassroots project had been 17 months in-the-making. This Page monument is possible because of the incredible generosity of local donors towards this endeavor, raising over $21,000 cash and $10,000 in in-kind donations to complete Phase 1 of this project in the center of Page County, off Main Street in Stanley.
This monument is a standing tribute to the sacrifices of the 135 family names of Page County landowners and/or residents who once lived or owned land up on the mountains of Page County that are now within the Shenandoah National Park boundary. Did you know that there is more Page County land in Shenandoah National Park than any other county?
We hope you have been following our progress and keeping up with future events on our Facebook Page: Blue Ridge Heritage Project – Page County. We are so proud of the incredible work of our local stonemason, Clyde Jenkins. Not only did Clyde design and construct this monument, he used this project as an opportunity to hire local school boys and teach them an important building trade. One day, these young men will be able to show their children and their grandchildren the monument they built.
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