Fluvanna Review

LM BOD candidates Richard Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles HarrelsonThe Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) will hold its 40th Annual Meeting of Members on June 30. This year, the only business for member vote will be the election of two directors from a field of three candidates. Add a comment

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Rob Browning with his art.It was hot, triple digit temperature day and in Palmyra they had no electricity, so things were heating up at Maggie’s house and elsewhere. But by 11, the lights and air conditioning were back on and the artists were chatting with onlookers about their work at the second annual Artist’s Studio Tour.

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David MooreAt the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association meeting Thursday (May 24) the board welcomed a new finance director, decided on how to handle deer and heard about how to protest the proposed Aqua Virginia rate hike.

Association General Manager Catherine Neelley introduced the new Finance Director David Moore. Moore is a Lake resident.

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The plaque on the Dixie memorial. Photo by Christina Dimeo Guseman

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.”

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Photo by Tricia JohnsonWork on the house at Pleasant Grove has finished, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 6 to celebrate the culmination of a decade of planning and cooperation among the Fluvanna Historical Society, the Heritage Trail Foundation, and Fluvanna County.
Attendees at the ceremony included members of the Haden family – descendants of the farm’s original owners – who came from as far away as Florida and Ohio, as well as local government officials, county employees who had been instrumental in managing the work, and representatives from the Fluvanna Historical Society and the Heritage Trail Foundation.
The work was funded by grants from VDOT and Dominion, among others, with additional funding from the county. The building serves as a welcome center and museum, with current exhibits explaining the history of transportation in Fluvanna County by river, rail, and road. It also houses new offices for Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation.
An article with more detailed information on the history of the home, its use going forward, and an on-going project to restore the family cemetery nearby will follow in the next issue of the
Fluvanna Review.

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