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SoVaNow.com / January 02, 2014
The Historic Staunton River Foundation has received a gift of several parcels of land in Randolph from “Bo” and Linda Dzyndra and their daughter, Nadia Dzyndra DeMuth. The expanded holdings will enable the Foundation to fulfill its mission of promoting, developing and preserving not only the 1864 Staunton River Bridge, but also surrounding historic properties.
On December 3, 2013, the Dzyndra Family deeded over as a gift Lots 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 and 105 which include the old post office and the old general merchandise store in downtown Randolph.
“It is the hope of the Dzyndra family and the Foundation to completely restore this historic building back to its former glory!” a Foundation spokesperson wrote, adding that the building has not been used in several decades.
According to the press release, the Dzyndras acquired the properties back in 1995 and have worked effortlessly in remodeling and stabilizing the structure. However, several hurricanes slowed the process and the elements of Mother Nature have begun to reclaim some pieces of this historic and vital piece of Charlotte County history.
In November, Mr. and Mrs. Dzyndra asked Foundation members if they had any interest in taking possession of the properties and the buildings with the promise of restoring and utilizing them.
The Foundation, which is preparing for the 150th re-enactment commemoration of the Battle of the Staunton River Bridge on June 21-22, currently owns one parcel of land which houses an antique Southern Railway Push Cart.
This donation will also help the Foundation in promoting the Staunton River, Roanoke Station, Mulberry Hill Plantation, the Randy K. Wade Archaeological site, the Sappony Indian Nation and the Village of Randolph which was named after John Randolph of Roanoke, a Virginia statesman and member of Congress.
Several visions for the rehabilitated structures would be a permanent office space for the Foundation, a permanent archive for all records pertaining to the Battle and descendants of the Battle, a small museum and gift shop in a period setting.
“Ideally, it would be very effective for a section of this property to be opened during the upcoming 150th Commemoration (reenactment) in June!,” wrote the Foundation.
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