COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Covesville Historic District

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution supporting nomination of the Covesville Historic District to the National Register

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Mr. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Cilimberg, Ms. Mahon

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

March 2, 2005

 

ACTION:                           INFORMATION:     

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                 INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

A group of Covesville residents, headed by former Cove Presbyterian Church pastor Marcie Orr, with the assistance of the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), is working towards establishing National Register Historic District designation for approximately 2308 acres in the southwestern portion of Albemarle County. This is a grassroots citizen initiative stemming from the desire of some local residents to acknowledge the natural beauty and cultural, agricultural, and transportation heritage of historic Covesville. Attachment A is a summary of historical significance extracted from the nomination form submitted to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) by consultants Jennifer and Gardiner Hallock of Arcadia Preservation, LLC.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Strategic Direction: 2 - Protect the County’s Natural, Scenic and Historic Resources.

 

DISCUSSION:

Covesville is located fourteen miles southwest of Charlottesville on U.S. Route 29. This highway bisects the village into roughly two halves. The proposed district is in the valley created by the Fan and Brush Mountains to the south and east and the Boaz and Heards Mountains to the north and west. The proposed district would include the village of Covesville, which is fairly compact in size and shape, and a few adjacent, historically related farms to the west.

 

DHR has recommended the Covesville district as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under two out of four of the criteria for significance based upon the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (A – Patterns of History; and C –Architecture). Survey work has been completed by Arcadia Preservation, LLC and the nomination will be brought before the State Review Board on March 16, 2005.

 

The County’s Historic Preservation Plan, adopted in 2000, includes as one of its major recommendations the designation on the Virginia and National registers of all potentially eligible villages. Therefore, listing of the Covesville Historic District is in keeping with the County’s Historic Preservation and Comprehensive Plans.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt a Resolution of Support (see Attachment B) for the nomination of the Covesville Historic District to the Virginia Landmarks Register and The National Register of Historic Places.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Covesville Historic District Nomination Summary

Attachment B – Resolution of Support

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