Summer Speaker Series and Tours

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

this summer!  Things are winding down now, but it's not

over yet.

On October 5, there will be a tour of Rosewell,

the magnificent ruins of the Page Family mansion in

Gloucester County.  Stay tuned for more details on these events!

We'll have more great talks and tours next year, as well as special workshops.  The best way to make sure you don't miss out is to  become a member!  Not only will you get on our mailing and email lists, but you'll be supporting  preservation grants and activities too.

Past Events

Speakers Series 2019 Talks

  • 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." 

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.