For 2020 – Stay Informed!
We had a full and exciting program of speakers and tours last year, including a most useful workshop on “Preserving, Storing and Displaying Important Papers: Documents, Prints and Maps” by conservators Mary Studt and Wendy Cowan, and a full lineup of speakers and tours as listed below. Unfortunately, given the current public health crisis, we have had to put this year’s program on “pause” for the time being.
We also are continuing our important grant program to help preserve the important historic resources of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula – one of the first settled areas in Virginia where George Washington was born.
Stay “in the know” and support preservation efforts in the historic Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula by becoming a member!
2019 Speakers Series Talks & Tours
- 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 July 13 , there was a guided tour of the Pamunkey Museum and schoolhouse with a focus on tribal history.
- 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 Tuesday, July 23, James Beckwith spoke on Diomed, Sir Archie, and horse racing in the 18th Century. Not only was Sir Archie owned not by Mr. Beckwith’s ancestors but the horse was also owned by the Tayloes of Mt Airy.
- On Tuesday, July 30, Speaker Charles Lawson presented a program on the “Preservation and Conservation of Photographs.”
- 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.”
- On October 5, there was a tour of Ware Church, built in 1690, and Rosewell, the magnificent ruins of the Page Family mansion in Gloucester, where we learned about plans to stabilize the remains.
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.”
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; 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.
The 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.”
- 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.