Project Updates

Proposed Lewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail Update

Through the persistent efforts of our President, and Lewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail Committee Chair, Peggy Crosson, I am pleased to announce that we have in place a new chairman for the Rockbridge County Lewis and Clark Committee.  He is Mr. Dean Ferguson who studied history at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a veteran of the United States Navy and currently serves as Director of Interpretive Programs for Historic Natural Bridge Park.  He has been in Living History for 30 years as a front line interpreter and exhibit specialist engaged in reconstructive archaeology and research with particular emphasis on local late woodland (Monacan, Saponi, and Tutelo) occupational sites.  Everyone is excited about working with Dean on this important initiative and engaging the important historic interpretive work and research at Natural Bridge Park in the process!

If you are interested in serving on the Rockbridge County Committee, please contact Dean at deanferguson@naturalbridgeva.com. Dean will join the other County Chairmen as a member of the Regional Lewis and Clark Committee. They are: Kip Burton (Botetourt), Nancy Sorrells (Augusta County), and Ann Tufts and Alexandria Searls (Albemarle).

  1. Lewis and Clark Virginia Workshop Scheduled in October-MVPA Members Encouraged to Attend

The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with MVPA is returning to Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel on October 22 – 24, 2014 to conduct a workshop for all stakeholders in the Roanoke to Staunton/Albemarle Trail Segment of the proposed Great Valley Lewis and Clark Trail.  Stakeholders include any citizen from the four counties in the proposed trail segment.  Local and state legislators are also invited to attend. We hope you will consider participating in this critically important event!

The following summarizes plans for the workshop to date:

Purpose: a) To learn about the latest results of the National Park Service’s Eastern Legacy Trail Special Resource (feasibility) Study, and b) to work with the stakeholders in the Roanoke – Staunton/Albemarle Trail Segment of the proposed Great Valley Road Trail  to design an organizational  model for implementing, managing, and evaluating a Lewis and Clark Trail Segment Program. The objective is to provide Congress with several model options from which to choose that will be included in the final draft report of the Special Resource Study that is transmitted to the U.S. Congress for consideration and authorization. 

*October 23, Thursday afternoon, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Public Workshop, Jefferson Room.  Attendees to include the general public and businesses located within the trail segment 4-county area.  General Agenda to include: A review of the NPS feasibility study to date; and discussion about potential trail segment organizational/operational models. *Cash Bar reception following the afternoon workshop at the Hotel’s Red Fox Tavern.

**October 24, Friday morning, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Jefferson Room.  Workshop Session with attendees to include the public-at-large, along with stakeholders from state and local governments, and tourism officials.  General Agenda to include an update of the NPS feasibility study thus far and a review of the public workshop discussion and results for trail segment models.

*There is no cost for this workshop and light refreshments will be provided.  **Discounted buffet breakfast offered at 8:00 am, Dutch treat, Courtesy of Natural Bridge Historic Hotel.  For more information please contact MVPA President Peggy Crosson at 540-354-9698 or Executive Director Kurt C. Russ at 540-958-8534.