Countdown to Civil War Weekend and Preservation Conference

It’s almost time for two of the most anticipated events in the history and preservation community from September 24-27. The activities begin with the Civil War Weekend on Saturday, September 24, with nine sites and programs at various times and locations.

The Preservation Virginia Conference begins the afternoon of Sunday, September 25 in Winchester. The conference registration is nearly full; for inquiries on reservations, please call Alexis Feria at 804-648-1889, ext. 300 or e-mail The preliminary conference program is available for download at

We hope to see you there!

Preservation Virginia Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 26th Annual Virginia Preservation Conference: Historic Preservation & Community Engagement: Saving Places that Matter

Dates: September 25 – September 27, 2011
Location: George Washington Hotel, Winchester, Virginia
Cost: $159.00; Preservation Virginia members receive a 10% discount
Registration includes: Registration for all sessions; walking tour of Winchester on Sunday, Sunday night reception, continental breakfasts, Annual Preservation Awards lunch on Monday, Monday night reception (cash bar), conference materials, and access the conference bookstore.
Online registration, preliminary program, and more information at:

Preservation Virginia Informational Meeting Follow-Up

An informational meeting was held yesterday to discuss the Preservation Virginia Conference. The annual event will be held this year in Winchester, September 25-27, based out of the George Washington Hotel. The event, scheduled to coincide with Civil War Weekend, hopes to draw 200 people to Winchester and showcase the revitalized downtown and surrounding areas.

“Historic preservation is an economic development tool,” said Elizabeth Kostelny, executive director of the 6,000-member Preservation Virginia. “We want to introduce preservation to people who haven’t thought about it as economic development. Winchester is a great way to show that off.”

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Some think of historic preservation as saving monuments and relics, [Bob] Stieg said, but the broader vision is that it “undergirds economic revitalization. It’s not just cute old buildings, but structures used by people.”

The annual awards will also be presented at the September conference in Winchester. Nominations are welcomed; for more information, contact Preservation Virginia at 804-648-1889 or online at

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News from Preservation Virginia: Save the Dates

Summer General Meeting, June 11, 2011

The Summer General Public Meeting will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Greenway Court, near White Post in Clarke County. Stabilization of three buildings at Greenway Court, Lord Fairfax’s estate and home in the Colonies, was selected as the Branch’s first project when the Branch was initially organized in late 2008. In 2009, the Branch raised matching funds to secure a state grant for emergency stabilization work. We are delighted to report that this stabilization work is underway and is expected to be substantially complete by June.

At the June 11th meeting, you will have the opportunity to see the recently completed and ongoing work firsthand, with the contractor who is doing the work on hand to discuss the results. In addition, Bob Stieg and Maral Kalbian will make a presentation on the dendrochronology analysis completed last year, which provides definitive dates of construction for the land office and smokehouse.

This meeting will be free to Preservation Virginia members and $10 per person for non-members. Greenway Court is located on White Post Road (Route 658) south of the village of White Post. On the day of the tour, “Historic Site Tour” signs will be posted at the property’s driveway. Following the tour, light refreshments will be served.
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Preservation Virginia Informational Meeting

Preservation Virginia will hold its annual meeting in Winchester September 25-27, 2011. With that in mind, an informative meeting will be held on May 10, 4 PM in the conference room at the Bowman Building of Shenandoah University, 20 S. Cameron St. The meeting will take place with Louis Malon, director of preservation services for Preservation Virginia, to go over what Preservation Virginia is all about and what this convention can mean to our community.

This meeting is open to the public. Anyone with an interest in preservation and the conference is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Sandy Snyder at 540-535-3543 or

Cemetery Preservation

The protection and conservation of cemeteries is a growing concern around Virginia and the nation. As part of the response to raise awareness of this issue, Preservation Virginia has created a Google Map that contains general locations, images and a brief history of some endangered or forgotten historic family cemeteries in Virginia.

If you know of a cemetery that you would like to add to the map, please contact Sonja Ingram at or (804) 551-3249.

VA’s Most Endangered Historic Sites 2011

Preservation Virginia is accepting nominations for its 2011 Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Sites list. The list is issued annually to raise awareness of Virginia’s historic sites at risk from neglect, deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

Nominations must be received by April 7, 2011. Application information and forms may be found by visiting:

2010 Virginia Preservation Conference

The 25th Annual Virginia Preservation Conference “Playing for Keeps: Challenges and Benefits of Heritage Stewardship” will be held September 20 and 21, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel, Hampton, VA.

To view the conference schedule, programs, APA credit opportunities, and admission costs, please visit the Preservation Virginia website at

Two Properties Named to State Endangered List

Vic Bradshaw covered the news of the Taylor Hotel and the Aulick house at 414 South Braddock Street being listed in a state-wide list of endangered properties. While  it is not an honor, it is a hope that the  inclusion of the properties will raise awareness of the serious risks of  deferred maintenance.

[Richard] Bell said that while he hopes the exposure of the two properties on the endangered list will prevent other owners from letting structural problems linger, PHW is concerned that one or both buildings could disappear from the local streetscape.

“There is a real risk,” he said, “of losing them forever.”

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Click here for the full list of endangered properties recognized by Preservation Virginia.

Two Meetings in May for Preservation Virginia

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia will have two meetings in May 2010.  The first meeting is the rescheduled winter quarter meeting that was cancelled due to the snow.  The second meeting is the regular spring quarter meeting.

The meetings will be at Springsbury Farm in Clarke County on May 2, 2010, and at the Hottel-Keller Homestead in Shenandoah County on May 16, 2010.   These sites, located in the northern and southern parts of the NSV Branch territory, represent two very different examples of settlement in the Shenandoah Valley.  Both sites are in the development stage with on-going research and planning efforts for the long-term preservation and public interpretation of historic resources.  The NSV Branch is honored to offer you the rare opportunity to see these properties and to witness historic preservation in action.

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