Preservation Virginia Blog

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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Apr
1

Pomp and Protocol: The Queen Visits Historic Jamestowne (twice)

  Preservation Virginia has been around since 1889, so the files we’ve squirreled away over the decades have gradually become historic themselves! One of my favorite items from the archive is this itinerary for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip’s visit to Jamestown in October 1957. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the State Department’s do’s and …

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Mar
31

1701 Barn- a Granary?

With the help of our friends and supporters, we may have solved the mystery of the 1701 barn at Bacon’s Castle! In 2018 Preservation Virginia listed Shenandoah Valley Barns to our Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list. Taking a cue from Preservation Virginia’s tobacco barns program, John Adamson and the Shenandoah County Historical Society are …

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Mar
27

The Bacon’s Castle Barn Mystery

Eric Litchford – Preservation Project Manager In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the landscape around Bacon’s castle was filled with outbuildings that supported the domestic and agricultural functions of a working plantation.  These buildings were generally small, single use structures that were primarily occupied and worked in by the enslaved population. From documentary and archeological …

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Mar
23

Curator’s Corner: On a Soap Box

On a Soap Box Lea C. Lane, Curator of Collections The Preservation Virginia mission statement singles out “historic places of memory.” A historic place of memory might be architectural, but it can also be something that fits in the palm of our hand. Sometimes the most vital connections to our past are packaged in things …

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Mar
14

2020 Preservation Award Winners Announced

Preservation Virginia’s Historic Preservation Awards have been presented since 1971 to honor Virginians who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to preservation and raising awareness on preserving the Commonwealth’s important historic places. This year, eight awardees representing diverse projects from around the Commonwealth are being honored for their work preserving Virginia history, culture and stories. Read on …

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Jul
30

1619/2019 Commemoration Remarks

These remarks were delivered by Elizabeth S. Kostelny, Chief Executive Officer, at the 400th Anniversary of the First Representative Legislative Assembly at Jamestown Island on July 30, 2019.  Governor Northam, Speaker Cox, Senator Norment, Sir David, and to all of our distinguished guests, welcome to Historic Jamestowne. I am Elizabeth Kostelny. I have the great …

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May
20

Most Endangered Recap: The Ashland Theatre

Ashland Theatre

May is Preservation Month and we’re recapping previous Most Endangered Historic Places listings in the nominator’s own words. You can read updates on the Warm Springs Bath Houses and Gibson Cottage, the Carr-Greer House and the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum. The following update is on the Ashland Theatre from their president and CEO, Douglas Love. What prompted you …

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May
13

Most Endangered Recap: Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

May is Preservation Month and we’re recapping previous Most Endangered Historic Places listings in the nominator’s own words. You can read updates on the Warm Springs Bath Houses and Gibson Cottage and the Carr-Greer House. Check back to hear updates on the Ashland Theatre. The following update is on the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum from their founder, …

category: Advocacy
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