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Civil War legacy may surround Fauquier’s landfill

Wednesday, Jul. 23 | By Staff
By Annamaria Ward
Fauquier Times Intern

Fauquier County could honor the Civil War dead with a ring of trees around a landfill.

In a step to combine history and landscaping, Fauquier county has become part of the Living Legacy project where focus is on commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American civil war. Three potential areas are in discussion for Fauquier county: The Opal Interchange, the Route 29 overlay district and the landfill site by Lord Fairfax Community College.

The living legacy project celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil war by having one tree planted, alongside the 180-mile corridor running from Gettysburg to Monticello,for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died.

Carol Truppi is the recent successor to Denise Hariss as the Director of JTHG National Scenic Byway and will be working with Fauquier County on the LLP project.

Journey Through Hallowed ground is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation, public property, as well as with private landowners and schools. Individuals can donate trees for $100 and designate who its for by calling the Journey Through Hallowed Ground office at 540-882-4929.
The Living Legacy Project is working with ancestry.com to research those fallen during the Civil War.

Although the project began late 2012, the federal government designated U.S. Route 15 a national scenic byway which includes parts of Fauquier County.
Fauquier is part of two pilot projects the LLP is working on, the other located in Loundon County. Future projects include Emetsburg, Md., and Oakhill, Va.

The landfill site near Lord Fairfax is the main priority for this project.

The director of the Community Development Department Kimberley Fogle states, "The board has been supportive of Journey through Hallowed ground" and explains Fauquier county's involvement with the LLP, " we have been talking for years about the land fill site. The board took the plan and want it to reflect the living legacy project."

Aside from the historic commemoration of the trees Fogle hopes that the trees will draw attention away from the landfill site.

"The idea would be to draw attention to the foreground opposed to the background," Fogle said. "We want people to be in awe. Fauquier is something different than other highly developed areas and we want to show that."

The awe expected by the landfill site from the public will be from the seasonal colors of the trees, all native to the region including red buds, red maple, red oak and red cedar as explained by Director of Communications at JTHG Shaun Butcher.

"We also look at species that are not native and will remove them in some cases," Butcher said.

There are currently no final decisions about where the trees will be planted.

"We are going to make recommendations working with VDOT" said Fogle. Once the trees are planted, they will be maintained for two years.

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