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NEWS & EVENTS

​​We've had a full and exciting program of speakers and tours

this summer. Things are winding down, but it's not over yet.


Join us November 23, 9AM - 3PM for a workshop on

"Preserving, Storing, and Displaying Important Papers:

Documents, Prints and Maps"!  Conservators Mary Studt and

Wendy Cowan, proprietors of  Richmond  Conservators of

Works on Paper will discuss the art, science and practice

of conservation as it relates to the preservation of paper artifacts. Learn  about the composition of paper and the materials associated with it.  Gain insight into the best techniques for housing, protecting and displaying documents, prints, watercolors and maps, and take home samples of approved storage and display materials. Attendees will make use of a “decision tree” to distinguish issues they can address on their own, those that can be dealt with by a responsible framer, and those requiring the skills of a conservator. As a case study, the presenters will describe their intensive treatment of the rare and important 1755 Map of the British and French Dominions in North America by Northern Neck native Dr. John Mitchell, now on view at the Urbanna Museum and Visitors Center.  All participants are welcome to bring one or two paper artifacts for consultation and to serve as examples when discussing housing, display and options for treatment. Optional box lunches are also available - turkey and cheese sub, tuna salad sub, or ham and cheese sub, all with

lettuce and tomato, chips, drink, and cake or cookie. (For vegetarian

option, please note "vegetarian" as choice.)  To register, please send

this form to PNNMP, PO Box 691, Warsaw,  VA, or register here with

PayPal online.  ​ If you register online and want lunch also, please choose

add the $10 lunch amount and choose a lunch option in the drop down

menu.  You can also save money and become a member! All registrations must be received by November 19.


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Past Events


Speakers Series 2019 Talks & Tours


  • On October 5, there was a tour of Ware Church, built in 1690, and Rosewell, the magnificent ruins of the Page Family mansion in Gloucester, where we learned about plans to stabilize the remains.  

  • On Tuesday, July 23, James Beckwith spoke on Diomed, Sir Archie, and horse racing in the 18th Century.  Sir Archie was owned not only by his ancestors but also by the Tayloes of Mt Airy. 

  • On Tuesday, July 30, Speaker Charles Lawson presented a program on the "Preservation and Conservation of Photographs".

  • On July 16, staff from the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington spoke on work to preserve the steamboat Potomac's pilothouse, along with an informal tour of the newly-installed 125-year-old Potomac  pilothouse, the single largest surviving component from a Chesapeake steamboat.  ​​

  • On July 13 , there was a  guided tour of the  Pamunkey Museum and schoolhouse with a focus on tribal history.  
  • On June 18, Professor Barbara Heath spoke on "Exploring the Architecture and Landscape of 17th-Century Coan Hall, Northumberland County, Virginia."

  • On June 14, Anita Harrower spoke on the restoration of St. John’s Church in Tappahannock, a classic example of 1850 frame Carpenter Gothic.

  • On August 13.  Our President F. Carey Howlett talked about "The Art and Mystery of the 1741
    Sounding Board at St. John’s Church, Richmond." Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond, is one of four colonial churches in Virginia that retains its original sounding board, or “type”, above its elevated pulpit, and the only example retaining an inlaid sunburst similar to the one at Historic Christ Church.

  • On August 20, Michelle Brumfield spoke on "Current Findings from Archival Research on the Lower Church in Lunenburg Parish." 


2019 Annual Meeting


The PNNMP 2019 Annual Meeting took place on March 21, 2019, featuring Kirsten Moffitt, Conservator and Materials Analyst at Colonial Williamsburg, speaking on "Beneath the Surface: Using Microscopy to Discover the Hidden Colors of Virginia." 


2018 Events


​​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.


The  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, discussed 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.


2017 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, 2017.