- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2005

RICHMOND (AP) — A Chesapeake Bay deck boat, a Depression-era Norfolk garden and a centuries-old homestead in Berryville are among the 20 additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The register, maintained by the state Department of Historic Resources, is intended to increase public interest and awareness of Virginia’s history.

Restrictions do not accompany a listing, although the state provides technical assistance to owners seeking to preserve their properties.

Among the latest additions announced yesterday:

• The Elva C, built in 1922 by one of Virginia’s best-known shipwrights and restored in the late 1990s.

The deck boat was common in the Bay region and was vital to the area’s menhaden fishing industry. It is docked at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.

• Norfolk Azalea Gardens, cleared and planted by black women working under the Works Progress Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The 30-acre site, part of the 158-acre Norfolk Botanical Gardens, was cleared of trees and replanted with azaleas by 200 black women from 1938 to 1941.

• Clermont, a 335-acre farm in Clarke County that dates back more than 250 years.

Preserved much as it was built, the homestead still has undisturbed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

• The Appomattox River Bridge, built in 1930, a two-lane bridge that carries Route 24 in the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

The single-span displays designs of the Confederate battle flag and the Union flag and a concrete obelisk at each of its four corners.

• The Old Virginia State Library, re-christened the Patrick Henry Building this month.

It was built in the “stripped classicism” style that was popular for public works projects during the 1930s. It is located in Richmond.

Other listings announced yesterday included:

• Seashore State Park in Virginia Beach.

• Westmoreland State Park in Westmoreland County.

• Fifth Avenue Historic District, a five-block residential district in Kenbridge, Lunenburg County.

• Jackson Ward Historic District, 42 city blocks in Richmond.

• Newport News Public Library.

• Odd Fellows Hall in Blacksburg; and Spring Hill Farm in Loudoun County.

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