Pittsylvania Historical Society Urges County to Invest in New Director for Museums and Historic Sites | Local News
“They are in good hands, but other places are not,” said Sonja Ingram, associate director of field preservation services for Preservation Virginia, a statewide historic preservation group. .
Not only could a principal help promote the sites maintained by the county, Ingram said, but he could also protect other people found in Pittsylvania, including historic mills, historic schools (including eight schools in Rosenwald intended for African Americans), historic African American communities, native fishing dams, historic cemeteries, small towns, railway heritage, Revolutionary War and Civil War sites, plantations including Oak Hill, tobacco barns, historic churches and other sites.
“These are the things that make Pittsylvania County unique,” Ingram said. “They have intrinsic charm and beauty and are a visible manifestation of a place’s character.”
Scenic panoramas could also be preserved and protected, Ingram added.
“People come from all over just to drive and see the landscapes of the county,” she said.
As for the county museums, they also include the Pittsylvania County History Research Center in Chatham Railroad Depot, the Simpson’s Funeral Museum, and the AAF Tank Museum.
“Pittsylvania County has so many historic resources to offer, but few people [even locals] are aware of this because they have not been officially promoted and marketed at the county level, ”Ingram said. “Historical societies and museums do a great job, but as voluntary organizations they can’t do it all.”