Preservation Virginia Blog

May
21

Thomas Miller Chairs at Smith’s Fort

Tom Forehand Site Coordinator, Smith’s Fort    Aside from the long and colorful history of Smith’s Fort Plantation, the manor house is also home to a fine collection of seventeenth and eighteenth century material culture. House museums like ours by definition attempt to recreate and interpret the lifestyle of the people who lived there during …

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May
8

Here’s the ‘Dirt’ at Scotchtown

Mary, Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? As noted in this 16th century children’s rhyme, the question of how best to grow healthy and productive gardens was an ever present challenge our forefathers and ancestors faced.  Whether by accident or studied practice, many cultures and societies through trial and error learned about the …

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May
1

The Mint Julep: John Marshall Affirmed

Although the Kentucky Derby is postponed, don’t wait to enjoy one of Chief Justice John Marshall’s favorite drinks, the mint julep. Preservation Virginia’s curator of collections (and native Kentuckian) Lea Lane explores how this icy refresher made its way to Richmond and beyond, then shows how you can make one at home using a locally …

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Apr
24

Bacon’s Castle Garden and Historic Garden Week

This week should be the Garden Club of Virginia’s annual Historic Garden Week. This one promised to be spectacular, as the Garden Club of Virginia commemorates its centennial in 2020. Since 1927, proceeds from Historic Garden Week have gone to fund garden restoration projects throughout the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, this year, like everything else, the event …

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Apr
17

T. Newton ESQ. 1791- The Man Behind the Signature

Article by Billy Simmons, Cape Henry Lighthouse interpreter Many initials and names have been carved into the exterior of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse throughout its 227 years. One of those, pictured above, is the only “official” name associated with the structure. T. Newton, or Colonel Thomas Newton, Jr., could be considered the “Father” of …

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Apr
11

The Incredible Needlework of Mary “Polly” Ambler Marshall

Our Curator of Collections, Lea Lane, continues to highlight incredible pieces in Preservation Virginia’s collection. Mary “Polly” Ambler Marshall, wife of Chief Justice John Marshall, was apparently quite the needlework artist. Check out the video below to see a sampler Mary created in the mid-1770s. Preservation Virginia owns and operates the John Marshall House in …

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Apr
2

What Are We Reading?

While everyone is working at home, we wanted to reach out with our staff recommendations on what we’re reading and watching ourselves! Many are history related, some are directly related to our sites, and some are just ones we liked.   BOOKS : The Book of Night Women by Marlon James Bound to the Fire …

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