September 20, 2018

Blue Ridge Heritage Monument, Elkton.

This new monument in Elkton, VA, honors "Rockingham County Farmers and Landowners Displaced to Form Shenandoah National Park." I've seen a similar one in Sperryville that honors the people in Rappahannock County who were forced to leave when the park was built.

This is beautifully built in the shape of a chimney. A center stone is incised with the form of a tree. Dedicated in 2018, a plaque lists citizens who were displaced. Surnames include Baugher, Beasley, Breeden, Dean, Hensley, Lam, McDaniel, Meadows, Morris, Shifflett, and Williams.

There are also four signs telling about the community that was on the mountains. Here are two of them. The others tell of "Making a Living in the Mountains" and "Family and Community Life."

To visit, park next to the Elkton Community Center on Blue and Gold Drive.


  1. Lovely that those people were honoured for being displaced. I like the tree on the stone.

  2. Awesome landscape shot . Keep commenting on my blog because I love your comments.

  3. I'm glad to see this commemoration of the farming people who lost their homes for the park. The same thing happened for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smokey Mountains National Park...indeed for many places that we all enjoy today. Some of them were able to stay in their homes till the ends of their lives, I believe.

  4. It is a good thing to learn of the sacrifices some made to create these places we all love. Their history shouldn’t be forgotten.

  5. A very nice monument honouring those who were displaced. I like the shape of it, it's beautiful.

  6. Good to see this monument.
    I do like the tree on the stone.

    All the best Jan

  7. Lovely idea. I like the incised tree--pretty.


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