Saturday, May 26, 2007

Four Roanoke homes land on the endangered list

Preservationists say slave quarters once part of a Botetourt County plantation should be restored.
The Roanoke Times
By Annie Johnson

APVA Preservation Virginia also listed these places around the state as endangered historic places:
The entire city of Danville, specifically Long Mill and Danville General Hospital.
The Downtown Norfolk Historic District.
Old and Historic Fredericksburg District.
Virginia's Northern Piedmont. Dominion Power has announced plans for a 500,000-volt transmission line through Frederick, Warren, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper, Prince William and Loudoun counties.
Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation in Frederick County.
Grandma Moses and the Yount/Gochenour in Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley.
Fort Monroe, the 570-acre active Hampton military installation that will be vacated and abandoned by the Army in 2011.
The 1899 St. Francis de Sales building in Powhatan.

A state preservation group calls four historic homes in Roanoke and extant slave quarters in Botetourt County endangered.

Four city park-owned buildings -- Buena Vista, Mountain View, Villa Heights and Evan's Home -- and Greenfield in Botetourt are on the list issued by APVA Preservation Virginia on Thursday....

... In Botetourt County, restoration of historic areas competes for attention as well as money, said Ned McElwaine, the deputy county administrator.

The once rural area has experienced massive suburban-style growth in recent years, including the addition of a $20 million public safety building, a water sewage treatment facility and a sports complex.

"Because the county was aware of the history of Greenfield, it had complete historic, cultural, archaeological and architectural, as well as environmental, investigations performed on the entire property," McElwaine said.

Greenfield was home to a plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries owned by the Preston family. The manor burned down in the mid-20th century, but the slave quarters are intact....

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