Grant to Help Memorial for Madison Families Displaced by National Park

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MADISON COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS has gotten a grant to help build a memorial for the 200 Madison County families that were displaced when the Shenandoah National Park was established in the 1930s.

The $2,000 Placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of REALTORS will help generate community pride in remembering the families.

"Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities," said Anita Dunbar, CAAR President. "It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making a difference for the better. This grant will help create a place where families, friends and neighbors can come together."

The permanent memorial will be a bronze plaque mounted on a stone foundation with the 123 surnames of the Madison County families.

There will also be several wooden benches, landscaping and a path to the memorial from the Criglersville School.

"The $2,000 grant gave us the funds to keep the Madison County memorial on track," said Jim Lillard of the Madison County Historical Society. "It also reignited the energy and interest for the memorial to honor the families that were displaced when the Shenandoah National Park was created."

The memorial is already under construction and is expected to be completed later this year.

Anyone interested in donating money to the project or learning more about the organization should contact the Madison County Historical Society.

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