Virginia's Vanquished Mountaineers

The story of the people who were moved off the Shenandoah National Park

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STAUNTON, VA (05/31/2011)(readMedia)-- The Staunton Parks and Recreation Department is providing a platform for Blue Ridge Community College Instructor, Margaret S. Marangione to present her research on Virginia's Vanquished Mountaineers. The presentation will take place on Thursday, June 2nd at Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton Virginia. Margaret will present from 6-8pm in the Activity Room in Montgomery Hall. The Shenandoah National Park encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Europeans first experienced the splendor of these mountains less than 300 years ago. First came the hunters and trappers, and soon after 1750 the first settlers moved into the lower hollows near springs and streams. Over the next century and a half many hundreds of families built homesteads, mills and stores and planted orchards and crops. Learn about the controversy surrounding the removal of 500 families from the Shenandoah National Park. The price for the class is $10. For more information, call 332-3945.