Sign up for our Special Fall Workshop, November 17!

On November 17, PNNMP will be holding a special "Building Conservation Workshop: Keeping the Water Out," from 9 am - 3pm at Holley Graded School and Wheatland in Lottsburg, Virginia, with a special post-workshop visit to Sabine Hall.  $25 for PNNMP Members, $35 for non-Members, with lunch optional. Click here for a printable registration form or register now with PayPal. You can also become a Member and save $10 instantly (use registration form for this option.)​  

Lunch options for $10 include chicken salad sub, tuna salad sub, or large veggie salad. Alternatively, you can bring your own or buy lunch at the door at the school Oyster Roast, also happening that day. 

If you use PayPal, please send an email to to provide the name(s) of those attending and (if applicable) your lunch option. With multiple attendees, please pay for each one as a separate transaction. 

Join Matt Webster, Director of Architectural Preservation and Research, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation;  Ray Cannetti, Preservation Mason; and F. Carey Howlett, Conservator,  for presentations and an on-site study of issues and current best practices for the most important task in preserving old buildings: keeping the water out. The workshop begins with presentations at Holley Graded School Museum and Art Gallery,  optional lunch catered by the School Foundation (or bring your own), and an afternoon at nearby Wheatland Plantation to examine water-related issues, to learn about common misguided treatments that may cause even more problems, and to discover the best approaches to prevent water problems and to address damage to your home, church or commercial building.  The day concludes with a post-workshop visit to Sabine Hall to examine a current stone restoration project.

Past Events

2018 Annual Meeting

The  2018 Annual Meeting and award of grants in March was fascinating and well-attended. In addition to the award of grants and luncheon, the attendees were treated to a talk by Sumpter Priddy III, noted decorative arts historian, on "Historic Cabinetmakers and Furniture from the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula."​

Speakers Series

 On June 14, Dr. Julia King , professor of anthropology at St. Mary's College of 

 Maryland, spoke on "Unearthing Rappahannock Indian History.  Then on June 19, Anita Harrower provided many interesting tidbits of local and national history in her talk "Women in the First World War."

On ​ July 10, Charles Belfield, president of the James Monroe Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will discuss the important ongoing project, "Reconstructing James Monroe's Birthplace."

On Tuesday, July 24, Henry Hull, a Northumberland Native and recent UVA graduate in architectural history,  spoke on "A Building Culture Study of the Northern Neck: 1830-1860." 

On August 7, Bill and Leigh Ann Miller spoke on "The Restoration of Kirnan," a 1781 house in Westmoreland County, sharing their trials, frustrations, and successes.  (You can read about the house in our Historic Sites book.)

On September 30, Dr. Martin D. Gallivan, author of The Powhatan Landscape: An Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake, presented the findings of the Werowocomoco Research Group (WRG) documenting the powerful, central place the site held in Tidewater Virginia from A.D. 1200 through 1607.  He was also available to sign his recent book.

The 2017 PNNMP Summer Speaker Series was also  great success. Speakers included James Russell on "The Civil War in the Northern Neck," and ​Katrina Brown, an official of the Rosewell Foundation and a historic interpreter, on the slaves of Mann Page II and his wife Anne Corbin Tayloe.​

Preservation Workshop

Many thanks to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for a most successful workshop on resources for "Preserving History on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula"  at St. John's Church in Warsaw on November 18. 


Fall Workshop