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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 22, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Sky Meadows State Park receives historic designation

(RICHMOND) - Sky Meadows State Park, nestled in the junction of Fauquier, Clarke and Loudoun counties, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Sky Meadows is one of 34 award-winning Virginia State Parks managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

"This is a tremendous honor," said Park Manager Jess Lowry. "The park was listed with the Virginia Landmarks Register recently and this just adds to the prestige."
The 1,862-acre park was recognized for its Federal-style main house and 23 buildings, including barns and structures dating between 1780 and 1954. The park's Mount Bleak House, built in the Federal-style in around 1843 by Abner Settle, stands on the most prominent hill in the park.

"Sky Meadows represents a bygone age," said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon. "In 1975, land was donated to the Commonwealth to create the park, protecting it against major future development. The new designations move us to a new and more significant level in historic preservation."

Administered by the National Park Service, the National Register is part of a program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect historic and archaeological resources. Properties listed include districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.
For more information about Sky Meadows State Park, call (540) 592-3556, or for more Virginia State Parks information, call 1-800-933-PARK.

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