Third community meeting planned to discuss Hanging Rock expansion

By Amanda Dodson -

OBS Landscape Architects have set up a meeting to discuss the expansion of Hanging Rock State Park scheduled for Sept. 16 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center in Danbury. Architect Brian Starkey said he will have a single draft master plan available that illustrates a long term vision for the property.

“We will continue to invite input and comment at this meeting,” Starkey added.

OBS Landscape was contracted in the fall of 2016 to develop a master plan for the addition of approximately 700 acres, known as the Vade Mecum / Moore’s Spring area property.

“I think it’s unique and has a lot of layers to it,” he said. “It’s historical and it offers a variety of natural resources. I believe there’s a future for Stokes County in tourism, but it needs to capitalize on those things and become a place that’s known for more than a day trip.”

Starkey and his design team held a public meeting in April at the Arts Place of Stokes and another at Walnut Cove Public Library, encouraging the community to share their opinions of how the properties can best be utilized.

Earlier this year, more than 1,000 people attended an open house held at Vade Mecum.

“It was more than anyone expected,” Starkey said. “It was exciting for us to hear the stories of people who went there as children and had such fond memories. It’s a special place and a place, from what we saw, that the community is invested in.”

Starkey said he’s gained valuable feedback and pertinent information about the properties in the last few months.

“There’s been a recognition of value of the historic buildings at Vade Mecum. There’s been a lot of discussions about accommodations, whether that’s camping or cabins. We’ve had some suggestions of offering a community space to host events. Of course, trails and hiking are popular.”

He explained the plans will create a vision for what can happen, identify priories and serve as a blueprint for projects down the road.

For more information about the ongoing project or to share your stories, ideas or concerns about the property, visit

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426. photos photos

By Amanda Dodson

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