The 2017 PNNMP Summer Speaker Series begins Tuesday, June 20, with a talk by speaker James Russell about "The Civil War in the Northern Neck."
Then on Tuesday, June 27, Katrina Brown, an official of the Rosewell Foundation and a historic interpreter, will present a program on the slaves of Mann Page II and his wife Anne Corbin Tayloe.
The series, held on either a Tuesday or a Thursday evening at Wellford Hall, St. John’s Church, Warsaw at 6 p.m, consists of a speaker on some subject of historical interest and a casual “covered dish/potluck supper”. Bring a drink or a dish to share, enjoy old friends and new, and learn something interesting too!
The 2017 Annual Meeting and award of grants was March, 2017. It featured the award of grants, followed
by luncheon and a talk by Willie Graham, an expert on architectural history who spent 35 years as curator of architecture for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, speaking on "Regionalism and the Traditional Practice of Building in Eastern Virginia."
In 2016, the Speakers Series included a talk by Marsha Sitnik from St. Mary's Whitechapel on the table top tombs of the Ball Family (their history and the restorations and repairs made possible by a grant from PNNMP); the Rev. Christopher Agnew talking about the history of St. Anne's Glebe in Essex County and the ongoing restoration and preservation of the Glebe (one of the few still left standing in Virginia), Robert Moncure, the Rappahannock River Keeper, showing the film The Rappahannock; and Howard Reisinger and Mary Douglas Lawton giving a presentation on the old Chinn house, Oakley, outside Lively.
In 2015, speakers included Charles Belfield speaking on "The Men of Richmond County and Their Part in the War of 1812," Ted Borek on "The Eighteenth Century Gentleman, his Fashions and his Toys," and Jami Borek spoke on "Women's Fashion in the Eighteenth Century."
The 2015 Tour Season began with a visit to Fairfield Plantation and Rosewell in Gloucester County. A hardy bunch braved tropical 96 degree heat and humidity and were rewarded with a picture of preservation in action. Fairfield was built in 1694 by Lewis Burwell, II and burned in 1897.