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Fall 2018 Vista Restoration Project in Virginia & Visit to Nearby Cemetery

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This fall crews restored 26 vistas between mileposts 49 and 74 in Virginia.
This highly technical work is done by an all National Park Service crew of arborists that come from as far away as Acadia National Park to help restore the Parkway’s views. Their work is well orchestrated and very impressive to watch!
The team is directed by Blue Ridge Parkway’s resident landscape architect, David Anderson.
Keep scrolling to enjoy photos from:
  1. The restoration site
  2. Before and after photos of multiple overlooks that were restored
  3. The Lipscombe-Garrett Cemetery (MP 50.9)

Overlook Before and After Photos:

The staff visit to the vista restoration site to watch the AIR Team also gave us the opportunity to visit a Parkway cemetery, Lipscombe-Garrett, just down the road at MP 50.9, guided by Norwood Morrison who has adopted the cemetery. It was a humbling experience to hear the land tell us small parts of the family’s story on a chilly fall day.

Against the backdrop of the fall colors on the ground, the wire fence of the adjoining cemeteries was slightly hidden.

With the fallen leaves on the ground, it was hard to see the simple rock headstones marking the graves. There were a couple engraved headstones to tell us who treasured the land around us.

The foundation of what is thought to be an old one-room schoolhouse was close by too.

 

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