Friends of Esmont Virginia



To become a Friend, click on the "Friends" page and fill in the information requested in the box on the bottom right of the page, then SUBMIT.  


Revitalizing Esmont Virginia

Anyone living in the area, a former resident, or interested in  seeing/assisting in restoring the vitality of the Historic Village of Esmont should register as a “Friend.”


Bringing together friends of Esmont, with varied ideas and skills, to revitalize the Village, making it a destination.

Who is leading the project?

My name is Peggy Purvis Denby. I was born in the house attached to the old Purvis’ Store many years ago, to Lucille and Pete Purvis, and lived there for some 20 years. I have been away for a number of years but am now back in the area and feel a strong urge to try to revitalize the village, not to what it was, but to make it work for the present. I have no financial interests, only sentimental ones.​​​


We're starting the year off with a BANG! 

We have been awarded a one-year planning grant for the Esmont-Alberene Quarry Line Trailwhich will connect the two villages of Esmont and Alberene.

We have been awarded a second grant for a historian to research and write theHistory of Esmont, Included in the research: how and when Esmont became a village;  the impact of the Soapstone Shortlines rail system; quarry mining of soapstone and slate;  the wonderful farms in the immediate area; and face-to-face interviews with folks from Chestnut Grove, Porters and the village of Esmont.

​We're in the News!

​Friends of Esmont was the subject of a TV interview with Peggy Denby on January 29. Check it out here.