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.
Their goal was to go deeper than a timeline and discover personal stories that reveal culture, Sherayko said. “It is not just the history of this street,” he said. “This is going to be an ongoing, interesting story about life in the south.”
Each building along Rivermont Avenue has a story. The history that Gerry Sherayko and his students are compiling will tell many of those stories.
An unexpected interview arranged by Don Giles, a member of the Randolph College Board of Trustees, introduced them to Vincent Scully, a famous Yale architecture professor, who spends part of the year living in Lynchburg. They talked with Scully about the street’s architecture and how it reflects cultural history. Jones said that was helpful since she has an interest in architectural history.
Rivermont Avenue is rich in history and remains a major thoroughfare in Lynchburg.
The history will be updated as time passes, Sherayko said.
“This will be something that’s very useful for people who live here,” he said.