The folks at Old House Diaries are looking for volunteers to help collect and post historical information on Church Hill houses. Old House Diaries is a site where you can view photos, stories, and comments from the people who have lived in the houses in an area.
While the OHD site is national in scope, they are working with the VA Dept of Historic Resources to highlight local history. Church Hill is part of a pilot study to focus on the historical richness of neighborhoods.
An Old House Diaries phone app will be introduced soon, so that people can “learn about the neighborhood as they walk around the Hill or wait in line for a muffin.” The goal is to have a more complete history of the neighborhood up in time for the Holiday House Tour.
Jennie Dotts explains, “We’re looking for volunteers to help upload info – scanned docs, images, and stories – for area houses. We are working in conjunction with local historical societies and neighborhood associations to share their stories with wider audiences. Bottom line: the more we know about old houses, the more we appreciate them. The more they are appreciated, the more secure their future.”
To get involved, contact Jennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804)370-6565.