Originally created 05/12/02

Member of DeLaigle family urges preservation



My family's homes have been on the wrong end of the wrecking ball in the past. In the 1950s a historic DeLaigle home and other historic structures were torn down to make way for Augusta's downtown super highway. An Augusta Chronicle article, dated Sept. 24, 1956, describes the home.

Currently, a copy of the article is framed and hangs in my current family's home. The article serves as a reminder of our heritage and Augusta's past neglect of its historical properties.

My immediate family recently relocated to Granville, Ohio, due to a job transfer. Since moving to Granville, I have appreciated this little city's (population 4,500) love of its historical buildings.

Augusta could learn a great deal from this small northern city that values historical preservation.

Pam Sharp Cray, Daughter of Virginia DeLaigle Sharp Granville, Ohio