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South Boston Celebrates One Year and National Recognition

Only a year after opening, the South Boston section of the Tobacco Heritage Trail is booming with walkers, cyclists and the occasional horseback rider. The community has embraced the trail and made it a part of their daily lives, but that’s not all! The Tobacco Heritage Trail – South Boston, has been recognized with the National Recreation Trail award.

NRT presentation in South Boston

Ursula Lemanski presents the National Recreation Trail award to Mayor Owens of South Boston

On September 12, 2013 locals, elected officials and even our state representative, Senator Frank Ruff, attended a celebration on the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Under the shade of the trail trees, Joe Morgan of Virginia Bike Federation addressed the group followed by the presentation of the National Recreation Trail award by Ursula Lemanski of National Park Service to Mayor Owens.

The event was concluded with a reception at the Prizery, where attendees saw a “Then and Now” slide show of pictures of the Tobacco Heritage Trail’s first year in South Boston. Guests also had the opportunity to purchase Tobacco Heritage Trail merchandise to support the trail. The food was catered by Bistro 1888 and trail birthday cake was donated by Berry Hill Health and Rehab Center.

The Prizery is an arts and culture center created by the renovation of a building where tobacco was “prized” or pressed layer by layer into hogshead barrels. Today, among other things, the Prizery contains a tobacco museum and a Tobacco Heritage Trail facility with lockers, restrooms and showers that trail goers may use.

NRT Reception

Reception catered by Bistro 1888 at the Prizery

Trail Brithday Cake

Happy Birthday, Tobacco Heritage Trail!

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