Update: The original version of the article, and the one published in the print edition listed the wrong contact information for comments from those unable to attend the meeting. Comments should be addressed to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, not the Virginia Historical Society. See address below.
After two years of research and preparation by the Western Albemarle Association, a public information hearing on the creation of a Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the nomination process and advantages of historic district designation, to hear public comment and to answer questions. All interested parties from Nelson, Augusta and Albemarle counties are invited to attend.
Following the November meeting, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), Virginia’s historic preservation office, will consider the district for recommendation to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register at a meeting in Richmond on December 16.
The proposed Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District is located in northwestern Albemarle County and incorporates a small area of northeastern Nelson County and southeastern Augusta County, encompassing approximately 16,200 acres. A number of historic villages are located within the proposed area, including Yancey Mills, Afton, Greenwood and the historically African-American enclaves of Newtown and Freetown. Within its proposed boundaries are a number of properties that are already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Blue Ridge Farm, Casa Maria, The Cedars, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mirador, Piedmont, Ramsay, Seven Oaks, Swannanoa and Wavertree Hall/Bellevue. A total of 583 properties have been documented in the district, which also includes the historic Blue Ridge Tunnel.
Those unable to attend this meeting may send written comments to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221 prior to the December 16 meeting. Results of the Board meeting will appear on their web site, www.dhr.virginia.gov, within 10 working days.