Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Hallowed Ground, Preserving America's Heritage
March 10 - May 31, 1998
The gently rolling hills and valleys of Virginia's northern Piedmont cover an area of about 3,000 square miles. Bounded roughly by Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Leesburg and Upperville, this part of the country is the site of more history than any other area in the United States.
Lightning Strike at the Plains, photo by Jack Kotz
It was home to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Marshall, and its graceful foothills and fertile soil helped nurture the ideas that inspired the American Revolution. During the Civil War, Piedmont fields and forests became bloody battlegrounds for the nation's survival at such places as Manassas, Chancellorsville and the Wilderness. No fewer than 16 Civil War battlefields, 13 historic towns, and 17 historic districts lie within the region.
Oakrum Baptist Church, Thoroughfare, VA, photo by Jack Kotz
Today, these quaint villages and quiet valleys face a different kind of threat - from a "blacktop and concrete" revolution. However, the remarkable photographic images in this exhibition take the viewer on an insider's excursion down the scenic byways and into the storied past of this special region. The exhibition is supported by Protect Historic America.
Gardens at Oak Hill, photo by Jack Kotz
ORGANIZER: Protect Historic America
CURATOR/PHOTOGRAPHERS: Rudy Abramson, former executive director of Protect Historic America; Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic contract photographer; Jack Kotz, freelance photographer
VMFA COORDINATOR; Malcolm Cormack, Paul Mellon Curator
BOOK: "Hallowed Ground, Preserving America's Heritage," with text and photographic essays by Abramson, Garrett and Kotz. 192 pp.; $40 (hardcover).
ADMISSION FEE: free
Text and images courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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