CAAR giving grant money to Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project

This sketch is of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project memorial in Madison County.
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project is getting some money from the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS.

CAAR got a $1,500 Placemaking Micro-grant from the National Association of REALTORS to help with effort to honor the families displaced by the creation of the Shenandoah National Park.

The project will include a memorial and shelter within the Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park in the Blackwells Hollow area of western Albemarle County.

It will take the form of a stone chimney with a plaque honoring the families.

"CAAR is a huge advocate for the protection of private property and homeownership rights," said CAAR president Donna Patton. "Once CAAR learned about the proposed memorial in Madison County last year to honor those families that were displaced when the Shenandoah National Park was established, there was no hesitation that we wanted to be involved. The same commitment rings true for the Albemarle County memorial project, and the future memorials in the other six counties that the Shenandoah National Park impacted."

On top of the grant money, CAAR is also making a $500 donation to the project, which is already underway.

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