Reconstruction Era National Historic Network now includes Albemarle County site
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The National Park Service is adding eight sites to its Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, including one in Albemarle County.
According to a release, this network connects sites across the country that provide education, interpretation and research related to the Reconstruction period, between 1861 and 1900.
“The upcoming Juneteenth holiday is a time to celebrate freedom and the legacy of Reconstruction,” said Superintendent Scott Teodorski, “Adding eight new sites to the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network during this time is an exciting way for the National Park Service to recognize that the story of Reconstruction remains relevant for us in the 21st Century.”
In Albemarle County, River View Farm is being added to the network.
It is an African-American historic site, preserving the home, barn and farm of the Carr, Hawkins and Greer families.
It was originally established by Hugh Carr, a formerly enslaved man, in the 1870s and it remained in operation until the 1970s.
The farm is now called the Ivy Creek Natural Area, and it hosts various education programs, such as ones on African-American land ownership, farming, and the legacy of Black education during Reconstruction.
This site joins other Virginia locations, such as the Gilmore Cabin at James Madison’s Montpelier, the Booker T. Washington National Monument, the Petersburg National Battlefield, the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
The other locations being added to the network are the Plessy and Ferguson Initiative in New Orleans, the Historic Hezikiah Haskell House in Clarksville, Texas, the Garvin-Garvey House and the Historic Campbell Chapel AME in Bluffton, South Carolina, the Peabody Academy Museum and Cultural Heritage Site in Troy, North Carolina, the Fort Frederica National Monument on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, and the Coalition to Save Historic Thoroughfare in Thoroughfare, Virginia.
There are now 97 sites across the country that are included in the network, which was created in 2019 by the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act.
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