SIgn up! HISTORIC Church and HOUSE Tour: Featuring Yeocomico Church and Arlington Farm

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10:30am – 1:30pm

10:30 – 11:30a.m. Tour Yeocomico Church (1706) at 1233 Old Yeocomico Road, Tucker Hill, Virginia 22488. Yeocomico is the fourth oldest standing church in the Virginia. David Butt, a woodworker and preservationist, who is rebuilding the fabric of the church will be our guide. The work he has undertaken exposed the original walls that have only been seen two times before. They date from 1655 and 1655 to possibly 1656. Dave, a board member of PNNMP, is engaged in restoration work at the church also focused on rebuilding the drainage system which may be the culprit in the deterioration of the church’s brick walls.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m. Tour Arlington Farm (1790) , Kinsale 22488. Arlington Farm is a late eighteenth century frame house owned by Page Lees Knight. We will be able to tour the inside of the house, the main block of which is framed by two massive brick chimneys. Two wings that were added in the mid-nineteenth century still retain the original woodwork.

Lunch: We will gather at the park in Kinsale or if the weather is inclement inside nearby. Bring your own or prepay an order at the 5718 Sandy Point Subway in person, call them at 804-472-4087, or order online. Identify it as one Marsha will pick up. 

Reservations and questions: Becky Marks at 804-925-5599

Anniversary Cake

PNNMP REaches milestone!

Preservation Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula is pleased to announce its ten-year mark as an organization dedicated to the furtherance of historic preservation in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Essex County. The all-volunteer, nonprofit charitable corporation was organized in 2012 but had been doing good works long before that as a branch of APVA/Preservation Virginia. It is particularly unique in its grant program which has awarded $48,146.00 to institutions and individuals to assist them in maintaining the treasures of the past. Grants are made annually to individuals and organizations for all aspects of building preservation and restoration and document, fabric and art conservation. This program expanded with recent generous support from Mason and Lula Cole Charitable Trust.

PNNMP Board on 10th Anniversary


New Historic siteS book coming soon!

In 2020, PNNMP committed to producing a second edition of the popular “Historic Sites in Virginia’s Northern Neck & Essex County,” a treasure trove of information on houses built by the state’s first inhabitants. Currently, the book is funded with grants of $12,000.00 for 1500 copies. The University of Virginia Press, who published the first edition, has agreed to publish this second one in coordination with PNNMP.  All of the counties have been re-inventoried, including diligent field and literature research.  We are pleased to report that 43 “new” sites have been located giving this new edition a grand total of 487 historic site profiles, along with expanded and updated material reflecting the most current knowledge of the historic sites.

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.

In the meantime, though, we’ve launched an exciting new project -our electronic newsletter “Post and Beam.”   You can read the current issue here and sign up to receive future issues here.

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!