Bypass Bombshell



GUEST: Erica Caple James, Professor of Anthropology at MIT, and a descendant of Jesse Scott Sammons.


TOPIC:  The U.S. Department of the Interior just yesterday released its finding that the Albemarle County home, cemetery, and surrounding property that once belonged to Jesse Scott Sammons is indeed eligible to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. This finding roundly contradicts the argument that has been stridently advocated by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that the property holds no real historic value— and can therefore be razed and compromised to make way for the proposed Route 29 Western Bypass. A National Register designation would bring to this important site significant federal preservation protection. But will the state of Virginia, which now owns the property, nominate the site for the National Register? Or will they stick to their plan to use the site for a highway? Complete background information about this story, with numerous podcasts, is available here.


ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Wednesday, August 28, 2013.