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Owner Shares Plans To Preserve Historic Graves Mill Property

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Lynchburg, VA - For years, the Rosedale property off Graves Mill Road in Lynchburg has been uninhabited. A lot of the property and adjoining buildings are now overgrown,  but it's coming to life once again.

Ed Graves, the former property owner grew up in the Rosedale Mansion, "I was born and raised here on the property. My mother and father lived here" he said.

His family had the land since 1893, he knows it inside and out, backwards and forwards.

He took us in and out of every bedroom, basement, and balcony. The staple of the property is the Rosedale Mansion built in 1836. Next door is the Christopher Johnson Cottage, circa 1760, a national and state historic site. Also, the mill, of "Graves Mill" sits on the far corner of the property. It dates back to 1772.

"Having somebody that would come in for the next generation and take care of it and maintain it, I was looking forward to have the right person do it" said Graves.

After Graves's family moved out, he could no longer maintain the massive property. He sold the aging house, the cottage, and mill.

"I saw a for-sale sign and decided to turn in and once Rosedale property got me in her presence, she really never let me go" said Vickie Runk.

Runk bought the property from Graves in January. She has big plans for the six acres.

"It's just going to be all about us having this front row seat into the 1700s" she said.

A full scale wedding and event venue fit for more than 300 people is now in the works. All slated to be on what is now Lynchburg's living history.

"I think it's very important to Lynchburg that we hold on to these last few properties that are around" she said.

Work to restore the property will be underway in a matter of weeks. It will be up and running, ready to host weddings and other events by this fall.

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