Preservation Piedmont and other area groups are working with local authorities to determine what can be done to preserve the cemetery (and possibly the nearby home) that is in the proposed path of the Western By-Pass in Albemarle County.
This cemetery, was not identified in the original plans for the by-pass and for obvious reasons has drawn attention and concern.
The house, although in disrepair, still seems structurally sound and most likely dates to the mid-19th Century.
The gravestones are all in excellent condition all from the early 20th Century. Researchers that have studied the site feel there may be additional unmarked graves at the location.
Here are a few images of the grave sites and house on the Sammons Family property:
Local historians believe that the Sammons Family were an integral part of the local African American community in this part of the county that grew out of the freed slaves from the Hydraulic Mills after emancipation. More about this community can be found here.
This coming May, Preservation Week will focus on lost communities like the one surrounding Hydraulic Mills.
All images © Steve Trumbull and should not be reproduced without permission.