This weekend, I had the honor to recognize and memorialize the life of Virginia Watson who passed away earlier this year with the unveiling of Virginia Watson Way near Chatsworth Park South. Virginia was a resident of Chatsworth who made documenting and preserving the history of our region her life's work.
During life she had a career as a columnist with the Los Angeles Daily News. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and her activism and volunteerism resulted in many elements of Chatsworth history not only being preserved, but being recognized and documented with institutions to preserve their legacy in perpetuity.
She was instrumental in having the olive trees on Lassen Street given historic status. She also led the charge to restore the Chatsworth Community Church, now known as Pioneer Church which took hundreds of volunteer labor hours on top of raising $20,000.
She helped found the Chatsworth Historical Society in 1963 and her efforts led to the Historical Society Museum being named the Virginia Watson Chatsworth Museum in her honor in 2007. Her legacy is represented today in Chatsworth with dozens of historical and conservation based volunteer groups that work together to celebrate the heritage of this community all of which look to Virginia Watson as their mentor.
Virginia is missed by all who knew her but, like the history she worked so hard to protect, her work and her legacy will never be forgotten.