Historical and Cultural Preservation

Digitize historical photographs for online viewing

The development of the Blue Ridge Parkway and its evolution over the decades are a fascinating story that is brought to life through photographs dating back to the initial days of construction in the 1930s. Thousands of images in the Parkway's archives are not available for public viewing. This project will begin the process of organizing and digitizing historical park photographs so they can be made available online for everyone to enjoy. 
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Centennial Challenge Project: Mabry Mill Flume Repairs

Matching Gift Opportunity! Mabry Mill is one of the most photographed sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it is much more than just a pretty place. The mill and surrounding log structures built by Ed and Lizzie Mabry in the early 1900s are akin to an outdoor museum where visitors can learn about a bygone way of life in the mountains.
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Centennial Challenge Project: Sharp Top Shelter Rehab

Matching Gift Opportunity! In 2017, Congress provided $20 million for projects across the country through the Centennial Challenge program. These funds will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks. This project has been selected for a Centennial Challenge grant! That  means your contribution will be doubled by matching funds from the federal government, so you can feel twice as good about your gift.
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Centennial Challenge Project: Humpback Rocks Farm Rehab

Matching Gift Opportunity! In 2017, Congress provided $20 million for projects across the country through the Centennial Challenge program. These funds will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks. This project has been selected for a Centennial Challenge grant! That means your contribution will be doubled by matching funds from the federal government, so you can feel twice as good about your gift.
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Blue Ridge Music Center Programming

The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar are likely to welcome you when you visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, where the music of our mountains is preserved, interpreted, and celebrated. Cultural preservation is a core element of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s mission, and we advance that goal by funding musical programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center at milepost 213 in Virginia.
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Johnson Farm: Restore Structures

MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY! In 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial. In preparation for the anniversary, Congress designated $10 million toward a competitive bidding process called the Centennial Challenge to make improvements in National Parks across the country.
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