Summer Research Project helps bring local history to life
7/19/2011The community surrounding Randolph College is rich in history, and two students and a professor spent the summer documenting the stories of the people who have lived, worked, attended school, and worshipped in that neighborhood
The Rivermont Avenue area, built at the same time as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, was designated as an official historic district in 2002, but a comprehensive history of the district has never been written, said Gerry Sherayko, a history professor and current president of the Friends of Rivermont Historical Society
Sherayko worked with Jane Campbell '12 and Callie Jones '13 during Randolph's Summer Research Program. The group interviewed several Rivermont Avenue residents, landowners, and former residents, and transcribed the interviews recorded last summer. The group also delved into land ownership and assessment records and used city directories to discover the occupations of those who lived in the area.