ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project is in the process of erecting a chimney in Byrom Park to honor families displaced by the Shenandoah National Park.
Approximately 500 families were displaced from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930s to make room for the national park.
On Wednesday, the Blue Ridge Heritage group displayed a partially-built memorial chimney that currently stands four-feet tall.
The chimney is reminiscent of the homes that once stood in the area and will be made from the stones from one of the actual houses.
The final product will also include a plaque listing the names of the displaced families but, according to the group, the list remains unfinished.
"One of the things that we really need some help from the public with is identifying the names of people who were displaced," said Albemarle County Steering Committee Chairman Paul Cantrell. "[As for] the landowners, we have that information, but what we really need help with are tenants or caretakers that might've been displaced by the park because those records are not readily available and we'd appreciate any public help with that."
According to Cantrell, the chimney is phase one of the project.
Phase two will involve the construction of a nearby shelter that would be available for cultural events, heritage projects, musical events and more.
People with information on additional displaced family names are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.