CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

William G. Downey, Scott District Supervisor

 

August 16, 2004

Staff Lead:

Department:

 

Frederick P.D. Carr, Director

 

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting the Inclusion of Atoka on the Virginia Landmarks and National Registers

 

Topic Description:

 

On July 26, 2004, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources conducted an evening public hearing and informational meeting regarding the merits of including the Atoka on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. This hearing was conducted in the Marshall Community Center.  Property owners and community representatives received a briefing from the County’s architectural consultant, Maral Kalbian, and responded positively to her report. 

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:

None.

 

Summary Staff Report:

 

The County has 21 historic areas that are of state and national significance.  The Final Report for Survey Update of Historic Properties in Fauquier County, Virginia (March 20, 2002) recommended all be submitted for designation on the Virginia Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places. 

 

As a result of the referenced report, the County has pursued this major project with both Board of Supervisors and private contributions.  In FY 2004, the County completed detailed surveys which resulted in the Settlements of Ashville and Morgantown and the Villages of Delaplane and New Baltimore being placed on the Virginia Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The survey work and requisite public hearing for the Village of Atoka has been completed. The property owners and community representatives received a briefing on July 26, 2004 from the County’s architectural consultant, Maral Kalbian, and responded positively to her report.  The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will present these findings to the Commonwealth Board of Historic Resources in September 2004.

 

The Village of Atoka is located in the Scott Magisterial District.  It is a small community that lies approximately five miles north of Rectortown in the northernmost portion of Fauquier County, directly adjacent to Route 50.  It was originally known as Rector’s Cross-Roads, after the family that owned the land.  The community became known as Atoka after a post office was established there in the early 1890s. 

 

The Atoka Historic District boundaries include approximately six acres, and are drawn to incorporate seven historic properties including four dwellings and their various outbuildings, two commercial buildings, and a stone springhouse.  The 2 ˝ story Caleb Rector House (Mosby Heritage Association Headquarters) sits above the grade of the local road and is one of the most prominent and certainly one of the oldest structures within the community.  Here is where Colonel John S. Mosby and his Rangers were officially organized on June 10, 1863.

 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Property owners.

 

 


 

RESOLUTION

 

A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting the Inclusion of ATOKA on the Virginia Landmarks and National Registers

 

WHEREAS, Atoka is a small rural community developed at the intersection of Atoka Road and the Ashby Gap Turnpike; and

 

WHEREAS, it is one of Fauquier County’s best preserved rural crossroads; and

 

WHEREAS, Atoka Historic District boundaries include approximately six acres, and are drawn to incorporate seven historic properties including four dwellings and their various outbuildings, two commercial buildings, and a stone springhouse; and 

 

WHEREAS, the 2˝ story Caleb Rector House (Mosby Heritage Association Headquarters) sits above the grade of the local road and is one of the oldest and most prominent within the community; and

 

WHEREAS, here is where John S. Mosby and his Rangers were officially organized on June 10, 1863; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of August 2004, That the Board hereby supports and encourages the Virginia Board of Historic Resources to include the Atoka Historic District, located in the Scott Magisterial District, in the Virginia Landmarks Register; and, be it

 

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Virginia Board of Historic Resources recommends to the National Park Service, due to the established and unique history and National significance of Atoka, that this community be enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places.