A major supporter of the Jesse Scott Sammons cemetery says the interim Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places is on her side. MIT Professor Erica Caple James says the federal official has decided the Sammons cemetery and house in Albemarle County are eligible for the register. The cemetery and house off Lambs Road are near the proposed path of VDOT’s Western Bypass project. VDOT made a commitment nearly six months ago to preserve the cemetery. The state agency is working with the Federal Highway Administration on an environmental assessment of the bypass. The proposed 6.2 mile road (pictured) has been debated for decades.