Cannon Hill Historic Site
In conjunction with the Rowlesburg Area Historical Society and Hays Landscape Architecture Studio, Mills Group developed a master plan for managing this cultural resource that included a historical treatment zone and a related historical landscape plan. Cannon Hill was vital to the northern war effort because of the B&O Railroad's Cheat River Bridge and the Tray Run Viaduct. Similarly, its continued preservation has been a priority for West Virginia's cultural heritage.
This project began by assessing the existing site conditions and conducting historical research of Cannon Hill's significant characters and the precedents at other battle sites. Studies highlighted priorities for the park's future and resulted in Mill Group’s recommendations including the installation of interpretation sites, preservation of the existing battlements, and revitalization of scenic overlooks.
Upon the successful completion of a master plan for the Cannon Hill Historic Site in Rowlesburg, WV, the clients asked Mills Group to begin the implementation of the plan. A second phase provided visitors with basic on-site amenities, including a convenience shelter, an interpretive shelter, and a handrail at the overlook area.
Selected shelter designs were reminiscent of early Civilian Conservation Corps park structures, which utilized natural, local, and readily available materials. The structures are designed not to impose on the site using materials of rough sawn logs and fieldstone but instead to provide basic visitor facilities and be aesthetically pleasing.
- Location: Rowlesburg, WV
- Client: Rowlesburg Area Historical Society
- Services: Cultural Resource Masterplan Development