The LandTrust is pleased to announce the transfer of the 112-acre Historic Lawrenceville Property to the United States Forest Service! The property is located just east of the Wood Run Trailhead of the Uwharrie National Forest and is immediately adjacent to a long stretch of the scenic and rugged Dutchman’s Creek Trail.
The LandTrust hosted a celebration on Monday, March 19th, to highlight the transfer. Family members of the Cochran heirs, who initially donated this property to The LandTrust for conservation attended. The family also donated funding for an interpretive monument, constructed by the East Montgomery High School masonry program.
This unique property houses the remains of the Lost Town of Lawrenceville, an important historical and cultural asset for Montgomery County. Lawrenceville served as the county seat in the mid-1800’s and the courthouse burned prior to being moved to its current location in Troy. The town was located on the historic trading path that went from Salem to Fayetteville.
The LandTrust has held this property for more than a decade as it worked to ensure that the historic landmark would be both protected and made available for the public to enjoy. “The LandTrust is extremely excited about the transfer of this property into public ownership,” says Jason Walser, executive director. “The U.S. Forest Service will have the ability to do archaeological research, add interpretive signage, and create trails for public use. As our Piedmont counties look to recreation-based tourism for economic development growth in the coming years, conserving and utilizing our recreational and cultural resources in this area will be a key to leveraging those efforts,” Walser adds.
A special thank you to the Cochran family, U.S. Forest Service staff, the East Montgomery High School masonry class and teacher Sean Hassell, and Jacob’s Creek Stone Company who donated the rock for the sign.