New Historic Marker Dedicated to Greene, Rockingham | Lifestyles

This spring, Greene Economic Development and Tourism Directors Alan Yost and Rockingham, Joshua Gooden, worked with Jennifer Loux of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to update and relocate the county line historic marker at the top of the mountain on Highway 33 to a more accessible location for tourists and community members.

On Thursday, April 14, guests from Greene and Rockingham counties gathered in front of the entrance to Shenandoah National Park for the unveiling of the new historic marker. Deanna Gephart and Sally Wolfe-Garrison welcomed the group and Jean Rexroad read aloud the new verbiage:

“Formed from Orange County in 1838, this rural Piedmont county was named for Revolutionary War hero Major General Nathanael Greene. In 1722, Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood granted the Octonia land grant to eight Virginians;the Octonia Stone, five miles southeast of here, is a rare stone boundary marker that marks the westernmost edge of this 24,000-acre grant.William Stanard, heir to a portion of this grant, founded Stanardsville, the county seat, in 1794. The county courthouse, built in the Romanesque Revival style popularized by Thomas Jefferson, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1930s, 15% of Greene County land was acquired to form Shenandoah National Park.

Monday’s late-April surprise snowstorm made the photo trip particularly worthwhile, according to Yost.

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