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Protecting the Old Dominion State

The rural and forested places throughout Virginia have seen some of our nation’s most pivotal moments—from Revolutionary War battles to the Civil War, through to the present.

In the Old Dominion State, the Open Space Institute directly acquired nearly 5,000 acres in western Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains — an expanse of land dotted with Civil War relics that preserves habitat for the threatened brook trout and protects the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia, and surrounded by National Forest land, the heavily forested Grace Furnace property protects the headwaters of the James River and, ultimately, the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • The OSI-protected Grace Furnace property includes a historic furnace that was used by Civil War soldiers to make ammunition.

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