11 November 2014
More than a thousand people drive by Dixie every day, but not very many pull over to take a look at the Dixie Memorial that stands on the small triangle of land where Rt. 15 hits Rt. 6.
Beneath the trees a gray boulder bears a plaque that reads, “In honor of the men and women of Fluvanna County who served in World Wars I and II.”
The Dixie Memorial was dreamed up in 1949 by the Fluvanna County War Memorial Association, just four years after the end of World War II. Along with erecting the monument, the Association’s plan was to beautify Rt. 15 from the Bremo Bluff Bridge all the way up to its intersection with Rt. 250 at Zion Crossroads, thereby creating a memorial highway in honor of those who served in the world wars.
In 1950 the Dixie Memorial was dedicated, on a rainy Veterans Day morning. The governor of Virginia, John S. Battle, came to Fluvanna – crashing his car on the way – to speak at the ceremony, praising Fluvanna citizens for remembering those who died in the wars. Fluvanna’s chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented a flag to fly over the monument.
But not everything went smoothly with the Dixie Memorial. Pam Morris and her family have lived at Carysbrook since 1955, and Morris remembers that for a good chunk of time the flagpole at the memorial wasn’t even up. “It was down for several years,” she recalled. “It was in three different places in the park, but people kept knocking it down. We kept putting it back up, but eventually the highway department left it down for 10 years or so.”