Yesterday eveningThe Piedmont Virginian attended the reception and presentation honoring the publication of the new National Geographic book, Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal. Like most National Geographic Live! events, the auditorium was packed with folks who were quite inspired by the words and images from author Andrew Cockburn and photographer Kenneth Garrett– whose wonderful photograph of snow-covered cows graced the Winter 2008 issue of The Piedmont Virginian.
With a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, the book showcases the rich historic heritage and beautiful landscapes found along the 175-mile stretch between Monticello and Gettysburg, which, as described by Cate Wyatt, President of the Journey Through Hallowed Partnership, was recently designated the 38th National Historic Area in the U.S. Wyatt pointed out that this corridor is also one of the most endangered historic places in the U.S., jeopardized by encroaching development. The good news is that 300,000 acres of Virginia land are now under conservation easement.