New Highway Sign Marks Greenwood/Afton Historic District

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The new Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District sign.
The new Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District sign.

Residents of Greenwood gathered at Hillsboro Baptist Church in Yancey Mills May 12 to celebrate the installation of an historical marker nearby along Rt. 250 that describes the recently formed Greenwood/Afton Historic District. Architect Doug Gilpin, who helped in the survey of more than 1,400 buildings in the 16,000-acre district, served as master of ceremonies for the occasion and presented committee leader Jack Scruby with a bouquet of flowers to express the committee’s appreciation. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011 after a 200-page report on it was submitted. Officials from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources were also on hand for a slide show of representative properties, among them Piedmont, Mirador, Seven Oaks, Blue Ridge Farm, Royal Orchard, Swannanoa, Casa Maria, the Blue Ridge Tunnel and the black communities of Free Town and New Town. Gilpin said he is developing a driving tour of the district that will be available as a brochure.

Doug Gilpin and Jack Scruby
Doug Gilpin and Jack Scruby