Special Fall Workshop, November 17, 2018
On November 17, PNNMP held 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. Matt Webster, Director of Architectural Preservation and Research, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Ray Cannetti, Preservation Mason; and F. Carey Howlett, Conservator, gave 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 began with presentations at Holley Graded School Museum and Art Gallery and included 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 concluded with a post-workshop visit to Sabine Hall to examine a current stone restoration project.
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."
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.
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, 2017.