Friends of Esmont Virginia
Revitalizing 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.  

JULY 2022

​We have good news to share: We just received two grants: $4000 from BAMA Works, through the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation, that will allow us to proceed with renovating the Trailhead building and $2500 from Dominion Energy giving us an opportunity to begin the laborious task of dismantling the Purvis Store building.

Anyone wanting to volunteer, please let me know by sending me your name, phone number, skills and your availability. We need carpenters to supplement our volunteer construction crew and will need a crew to help sort through the material to determine what is usable and what is not. 

We also need any ideas or contacts you may have so we can apply for additional funding. The Purvis Store Market (PSM) is going to require lots of funding over the next couple of years. 

And, we need donations, no matter how small.  For example, if everyone listed on this email sent us $20, we would receive $4700! You can easily donate by going to our website and clicking the Donate button on any page. You can donate electronically, or you can send a check to the address given.

As we proceed with the above renovations, I will send out pictures of our progress. Let me know if you have comments, suggestions or questions.  


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.​​​