By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Earlier this week (9/24), Greene County Supervisors unanimously endorsed a new walking tour of the Town of Stanardsville complete with significant historical references and an “app”.
Garrett Ensor is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout and one of the requirements is to do a community service project. He researched and designed his Eagle Scout project to create a historical walking tour of Stanardsville complete with signage and a web based application.
Prior to the Supervisor meeting of September 24th, Ensor spoke to the Town Council and Stanardsville Mayor Gary Lowe requesting their endorsement. Lowe sent a letter to County Administrator Mark Taylor on August 23rd endorsing the project and encouraging the county to do the same.
On Tuesday, Ensor addressed the Supervisors for the second time, as required by code, requesting their approval to place signage on three county sites on the tour including the old jail and the Court House.
The scope of the project includes both a physical presence of plaques at 32 sites along with a digital map with linkage to the history and photos of the plaques. The information will be maintained on several county organizations and also it will be downloadable to smart phones for ease of use while walking through town.
Below is a listing of the sites to be on the tour:
- The Greene County Court House
- Old County Jail
- Stanardsville Methodist Church
- Gibbons Market
- Lafayette Hotel
- Dicey’s Cottage
- William Mills House
- The “Small Brick Building”
- The Duff House
- Mitchell House
- The Stanardsville Motor Company (Noon Whistle Pottery)
- Bickers-Whitlock house County Historical Society (Greene Museum)
- Shiloh Baptist Church
- Confederate Cemetery
- Sorrile Family House
- The “Oldest House”
- The C.G. Miller House
- The Pritchett/Hume House
- Queen Anne Style House
- Price Store
- Blue Ridge Heritage Memorial Chimney Monument
- Joseph Ham Sewing Shop
- Southard House
- Morris House
- Gibbons House
- Davis Deane House
- C.G. Miller Funeral Home
- Old Post Office
- Grace Episcopal Church
- Bank Building
- Town Center Building
- Service Station (Stanardsville Garage)
With the Supervisors’ approval the project is projected to be completed by October 19th. Ensor has been assisted by Mr. Andy Dojak, GIS Teacher at the Tech Center.
Below is a screen shot of what the website will look like when it is completed.
All of the Supervisors were complimentary of the project and unanimously approved it.
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