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2020 Recap - Grants, Awards, and New Board Members!

On December 17, 2020, Preservation Piedmont hosted its first virtual Annual Meeting. In this well-attended meeting of Preservation Piedmont members and friends, we highlighted the stories of our grant recipients and presented our annual preservation awards. We are so grateful for the support from our community and are pleased to share more about our partners.

We welcome the following new members to our 2021 Board of Directors:

Rachel Lloyd is the chair of the Charlottesville Historic Resources Committee, chair of PLACE Design Task Force committee to City, and a member of the former City Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces.

Craig Swift is Principal of Springpoint Structural, a local structural engineering firm specializing in historic structures.

Ellen Wagner joins our Board again, having served as former President, Treasurer and Events chair. She is a local filmmaker.

Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond is a co-founder and principal organizer of Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, a school psychologist and native of the area.


2020 Grant Recipients

Because of generous support in 2019 and 2020 from the Caplin Foundation, Watha J. Eddins Jr. fund, and Virginia Humanities support of the Bridge Builders Program, we were able to infuse more dollars into our community than ever before.

2020 grant recipients are listed below:

Jackson P. Burley Varsity Club for the creation of a book titled ‘The Unforgettable Jackson P. Burley High School” Still in progress, this book will highlight the important and powerful history of Burley High School.

Woolen Mills Chapel Foundation to help stabilize the bell tower of the historic Woolen Mills Church.

Rose Hill Baptist Church to help their efforts to maintain the nearby cemetery, which dates from the 19th century and contains over 200 gravesites.

Friends of Esmont to fund the publication of The History of Esmont. Friends of Esmont received the inaugural award from the Watha J. Eddins Jr. Fund. Jim was a founder of Preservation Piedmont, and passionate about preservation in Albemarle County. Upon his passing, he left Preservation Piedmont a gift that will be used to fund special and significant projects.


2020 Preservation Awards

2020 was a year of unprecedented difficulties as we faced a global pandemic and fought for racial justice, and yet our community persevered in their service to the public with heart, determination and dignity. We presented awards to seven groups or individuals, recognizing their efforts that align with Preservation Piedmonts mission to commit to truth-telling in our historical narrative, preserve our communities, and our sense of place:

BR Development (Brian Roy) in recognition of the redevelopment of the Woolen Mills factory.

Mapping C’ville (Jordy Yager) in recognition of its efforts to examine equity through history and in using a collaborative platform to reveal and map racial covenants, infrastructure, and more.

Cultivate Charlottesville in recognition of leadership responding to the Covid-19 crisis and continued dedication to working towards a more just and healthy food system for all.

Stony Point Development Group in recognition of their rehabilitation of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Stone’s Throw (Curry and Andre Uflacker) in recognition of the rehabilitation of Stone's Throw.

Dinsmore House (Ryan Hubbard) in recognition of sensitive rehabilitation of and reinvestment in Dinsmore House at 1211 West Main Street.

Albemarle County / Office of Equity and Inclusion in recognition of the inclusive and thoughtful process that resulted in the removal of a Confederate Monument from the County Courthouse grounds.

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