Rock Hill forever: Charlottesville’s not-so-secret gardens

Forget about the impending Meadowcreek Parkway and the 250 Interchange project for a minute, as well as the fabulous history of the nearby eight-acre Rock Hill estate, once the site of a circa-1820 two-story Federal style house (which, thanks to a mischievous youngster, burned down in 1963). Forget that famed architect Eugene Bradbury once called it home, and that the Rev. Henry Alford Porter, minister of Charlottesville’s First Baptist Church (Park Street), who bought the place in the 1930s, created the extensive rock gardens that one UVA architectural historian has called the “most complex residential garden landscapes in all of Charlottesville.”

Forget its history as a controversial segregation-era school in the 1960s. Forget that it’s now the overgrown back yard of the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA), which has expressed interest in selling the property to the City. (read more)

Forget the City’s and the Federal Highway Administration’s promise (broken?) to restore the garden and add it to the park system as

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