Little remained of the home of Ervin Morris Sr. near Ivy, where ten members of
Little remained of the home of Ervin Morris Sr. near Ivy, where ten members of one family perished. Photo from Phil James/Secrets of the Blue Ridge.
One of the most devastating tornadoes to ever hit the state of Virginia was spawned by Hurricane Gracie on September 30, 1959. The twister tracked through a part of Albemarle County west of Charlottesville and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This summary provides a detailed analysis of discrepancies in the path and the number of tornadoes to hit this day. It also focuses on the tragedy near Ivy. In mere seconds, ten members of one family lost their lives.