Hiking up Simmons Gap & a visit to the Wyant Cemetery on the Peter Wyant place

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The SNP Project (Shenandoah National Park’s displaced mountain residents)

Do you know of someone that needs their story preserved for the younger generations to enjoy? I’m looking for folks that were directly affected by the displacement from SNP. PLEASE contact me at BlueRidgeRambling@gmail.com to setup an appointment to have those memories recorded.

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Taking a trip to the Dean Cemetery (within Shenandoah National Park) 10-12-14

On October 12th my wife & I began a trip from the far south end of Skyline Drive into Shenandoah National Park with a visit to the Dean Cemetery on our agenda. The following photos are what we captured during our trip. I hope y’all enjoy them as much as we did.

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1st Annual Blue Ridge Homecoming

On Saturday October 11th, my Facebook group “Blue Ridge Genealogy” held it’s first annual “Blue Ridge Homecoming” just below Swift Run Gap. The following is a video of the attendees and speakers. Enjoy!!!!

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Friday Night Foot-Tappin’…..

Tonight’s foot-tappin’ selections showcase a few artists that are keeping the roots of Bluegrass & early string music alive today. Enjoy…

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Out-of-Towners Close Call….

While scanning old newspapers I came cross this article some time back. Although it holds no family research value, Naked Creek is the stream that flows through my family “stomping grounds”. Enjoy…

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Yet Another…lost cemetery

Every once in a while we come across a cemetery with no known name or who was even laid to rest there. These cemeteries are the result of some of our earliest settlements and lack of materials to provide marked stones for the graves. I’ve known about this small cemetery for years. I was first shown the location by my Uncle and Grandfather during an early spring turkey hunt before the vegetation became too thick to find it. Once again, the location would be easier to point out on GPS rather than give step by step directions. It’s located in the National Forest in Augusta County about 75 feet off the side of the road. The North River runs on the opposite side of the road a few hundred yards away. As I said earlier, none of the stones are marked and there are no markers around the cemetery that I know of. The pictures tell the story much better than I can. Enjoy!

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Looking from the cemetery towards the road

Looking from the road towards the cemetery

One of the unmarked stones that dot the area

One of the unmarked stones that dot the area

Another angle

Another angle

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