A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting the Broad Run-Little Georgetown national register Rural Historic district
WHEREAS, the 9,500-acre Broad Run-Little Georgetown historical agricultural landscape is one of Fauquier County’s most remarkable scenic gateways as a mountain gap in the Bull Run Mountains known as Thoroughfare Gap; and
WHEREAS, the unified agricultural landscape greeting the traveler and the residents on the west side of the mountians contains pastures, fields, mountainsides, forests, rolling hills, and swift running streams dappled with a rich array of significant architectural and archaeological sites, and this combination of features provides this place with a sense of historical enchantment; and
WHEREAS, this area’s history is marked by the tragedy of American slavery and of warfare between brothers during the Civil War, the drama of the locomotive moving goods and people across the nation, and the poetry of everyday farm life and town life that survives today because of the local citizenry’s commitment to retaining a town and country way of life; and
WHEREAS, this district includes the historic Little Georgetown and the Hopewell hamlets, and architectural gems that accentuate the rolling landscape such as: Chapman’s/Beverley Mill, Avenel, Roland, Kinloch, Galemont, Beulah, Rock Valley, Mountain View, Mountain End, Afton, Blantyre, and the McSweeney House, among many others; and
WHEREAS, this largely preserved landscape holds many archaeological treasures that tell the largely untold stories about the lives and contributions of farm workers, slaves, and the nation’s first inhabitants, the Native Americans, and whereas there are other untold stories encased within these soils that may shed more light on the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap, railroad history, and milling history; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of March 2009, That the Board hereby supports and encourages the Virginia Board of Historic Resources to include the Broad Run-Little Georgetown National Register Historic District, located in the Scott Magisterial District, in the Virginia Landmarks Register; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Virginia Board of Historic Resources recommend to the National Park Service, due to the established and unique history and National significance of Broad Run-Little Georgetown, that the district be enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places.