By Keli Ratcliffe

blog-featured-long-article-image3Local Government officials, residents, and local business leaders gathered on Friday, Nov. 18, in Patrick County, VA, to celebrate the opening of Phase II of the Mayo River Rail Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and hot dog lunch. Lunch was provided by Anderson & Associates, but it was grilled by Stuart Town Manager, Terry Tilley, who graciously acted as the event’s chef.

Patrick County Administrator, Tom Rose, led the ceremony, and was one of several speakers who thanked the community and everyone who had been involved with making the project a success.

The speakers attributed the realization of the trail from an idea to a tangible project to former Patrick County Assistant Administrator and Tourism Director, Jeannie Frisco, whose vision and hard work initially gave life to the endeavor. Frisco passed away after a battle with cancer, but the attendees of the ribbon cutting ceremony certainly brought her spirit with them to the celebration. A memorial bench was placed along Phase II of the trail in honor of Frisco. The inscription reads “In Memory of Jeannie Bowers Frisco. Where there is hope, there is faith. Where there is faith, miracles can happen.”

Memorial Bench for Jeannie FriscoFittingly, Jeannie’s husband, John Frisco, cut the ribbon on Friday.

Phase II of the trail was funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation, along with citizen and business donations.

The Mayo River Rail Trail follows along portions of the rail bed of the Danville & Western Railroad (also known as the “Dick and Willie”), that ran through Patrick County from 1884-1992. The multi-use trail will be completed in multiple phases, and the ceremony marked the completion of the second phase. The ceremony was held at the portion of the trail where Phase I meets Phase II. Phase III of the trail is currently in the planning stages and will continue to wind along the Mayo River, and end behind Rotary Field on Woodland Drive.

blog-featured-long-article-image4For more information on this project, contact Dennis Amos, PE at






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