Summer Speaker Series and Tours

​​We have a full and exciting program of speakers and tours

this summer! 

The next event is  on Tuesday, July 23 - 

James Beckwith will speak on Diomed, Sir Archie, and

horse racing in the 18th Century. He is scheduled to speak in May of 2020 at the Kentucky Derby, and he has spoken many times to different groups. His topic is of interest as Sir Archie was owned not only by his ancestors but also by the Tayloes of Mt Airy. The talk is at 7:00 p.m. social at 6:00 followed by covered dish supper at 6:30p.m, Wellford Hall, St. John's Church, Warsaw.  (If you're attending the supper, bring something to share!)

  • On Tuesday, July 30, Speaker Charles Lawson will present a program on the "Preservation and Conservation of Photographs". Wellford Hall, St. John's Church, Warsaw, 6 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Covered Dish Supper, 7 p.m. 

  • On August 13, our President F. Carey Howlett will talk 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. Join us to hear F. Carey Howlett describe his research, analysis and conservation treatment that transformed the dim, scrubbed twentieth century appearance of this Virginia icon to an exacting interpretation of its 1741 brilliance. The presentation will explore the unusual symbolism of the sunburst and will relate the St. John’s Church sounding board to other important Virginia artifacts. The talk will take place at Historic Christ Church in Weems, VA 7:00 p.m. Social at 6:00 pmfollowed by covered dish supper at 6:30.

  • On August 20, Michelle Brumfield will talk on "Current Findings from Archival Research on the Lower Church in Lunenburg Parish." St. John’s Church, Warsaw 7:00 p.m. Social at 6:00 followed by covered dish supper at 6:30p.m.

  • Finally, on a date TBA  in August or September, there will be a tour of  St. Peter’s Church, 8400 St. Peter’s Lane, New Kent,  Virginia. St. Peter’s is among the oldest congregations in America.  The parish was established in New Kent County in 1679.  Construction on the present building began in 1701, replacing the original wooden structure with brick laid in English bond, adding strength and beauty to the structure.  The interior features a three-decker pulpit.  Two historic pieces from the original church are displayed today:  a Bible and a wooden chest dated to the 1680s.  Martha Dandridge Custis was a member of St. Peter’s when she wed Col. George Washington in 1759.  There are several Washington, Custis, and Dandridge homes in the area.

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Past Events

Speakers Series, June Talks

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

  • On June 18, Professor Barbara Heath spoke on "Exploring the Architecture and Landscape of 17th-Century Coan Hall, Northumberland County, Virginia."

  • On Saturday, July 13 , there was a  guided tour of the  Pamunkey Museum and schoolhouse with a focus on tribal history.  

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." 

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."​​​

2018 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.