William Purviance ams Sr
. was born on March 11, 1852 in Rockingham County, Virginia. His ather William Henry ams (born in North Carolina), was the only surviv-ing child o William ams who immigrated to America rom Burslen England in 1820. William Purviance ams Sr. was the third o 10 children. Tough born in RockinghamCounty, the amily moved to Staunton when ams Sr. was one year old. As a young manams Sr. attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated in 1873 with distinction. Aterteaching military tactics and chemistry or one session, he returned to Staunton and shortly thereater entered the service o the Augusta National Bank, becoming its cashier in 1880.He served as the chairman o Staunton City Council or a number o years. While servingon city council, ams took a special and very active interest in developing a place o respite,relaxation and contemplation or the Staunton community. Below is the rst o severalresolutions rom the Staunton City Council Minutes rom about 1889. o whose visionand energy the initial development o this park is due. -1889 earned him the deserved title,“Te Father o Gypsy Hill Park”.
On motion o Mr. ams the ollowing preamble and resolutions were adopted…..“Whereas the city now owns 85 acres o land in rear o the pumping- house o the city Water Works, on which the head springs that supply the city with water are located, and whereas inorder to protect said springs it is necessary or the city to orever retain control o said land and whereas the people o our city have now no pleasure resort and those who live in small houses without yards are without use o a cool and shady place to spend a ew hours on close and sultry evenings – Tereore, Be it resolved, 1st, Tat the 85 acres o ground in rear o the pump house, except so much thereo as immediately surrounds said house,be placed under the control and supervision o the Committee o Public Grounds and Buildings 2nd Tat said grounds shall hereater be known as “Gypsy Hill Park”. 3rd Tat said committee be instructed to emply at once a competent landscape gardener or engineer to plat o said Park into walks and carriage drives and to designate thereon where shade trees and shrubs shall be planted, ountains placed and summer houses erected and the probable cost o such work as should be done at once to eventually carry out the purposes herein set orth.” -
Staunton City Council Minutes May 7, 1899
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MHP- Montgomery Hall Park; MHPC- Montgomery Hall Park Conference Room; MHPA- Montgomery Hall Park Activity Room; GHPG- Gypsy Hill Park Gym; GHPGC- Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center; NSTC- Nelson Street Teen Center; BTWCC- Booker T. Washington Community Center
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“Mr. ams oered a resolution which was on a call o the roll unanimously adopted, and is as ollows:Resolved Tat the Committee onP.G. and Buildings proceed at once to carry out the plans o E.G. Vincent in regards to laying out drives and walks and constructing culverts in the new park recently established by an order o the council, and that the money or this purpose be taken out o any unds in the hands o the reasurer, not otherwise appropriated – sum not to exceed $1500.” Staunton City Council Mintes May 1899
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Tis 1873 photo o Capt. WilliamPurviance ams was projected rom100 eet high over Lake ams. Tisholographic projection was pro-duced by Cheyenne Craword.Special thanks to the Staunton FireDepartment or giving us a litand Virginia Military Institue orproviding the photograph.
Photographs provided by
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