Preservation Students Present at Archeological Society of Virginia Conference

Congratulations to Historic Preservation students Jessica Bittner and Robin Ramey who presented at the Archeological Society of Virginia Conference on October 12th.  Despite a Sunday morning session attendance was high.  The abstract for their presentation is posted below.  Funding was in part made possible by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. A Progress Report on the Oval Site (44WM80), Stratford Hall Plantation Jessica Bittner and Robin Ramey, University of Mary Washington For several summer seasons the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington has sponsored an archaeological field school in cooperation with the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association at a mid-18th-century site at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County. Known as the Oval Site because of its location within a modern, reconstructed landscape feature, the site contains four earthfast buildings and corresponds either to a plantation farm quarter or an overseer’s … [Read more...]

Ghost Walk

On Campus

Announcing the Historic Preservation Club's 30th annual Ghostwalk! This year, the event will run on October 24th (6-10PM) and October 25th (5-10PM) at the James Monroe Museum on Charles Street. Tickets may be reserved ahead of time by e-mailing the club at or by calling (540) 654-1315. It's a wonderful way to have some spooky fun with your family or a few friends!  … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre History

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The history of the UMW Amphitheatre has been posted under Research Resources-University of Mary Washington (link below).  This history was created as part of the UMW Preservation Plan.   … [Read more...]

Field Trip to Hollywood Cemetery


Richmond, VA - Saturday, October 18th, from 10 AM to 2 PM The Center for Historic Preservation is sponsoring a field trip to Hollywood Cemetery, an outstanding example of a “rural cemetery” of the picturesque style that dates to 1849. Led by Prof. Doug Sanford, the field trip will allow students and faculty to experience a premier Victorian landscape overlooking the scenic falls of the James River in Richmond. Hollywood Cemetery, with its curvilinear roads, ponds, and burial areas of greensward and trees, contains an impressive variety of tombstone styles and funerary architecture. As a cemetery for a Southern city, Hollywood also is well known as the resting place for over 18,000 Confederate dead, including 28 generals and CSA president, Jefferson Davis. As an upscale burial ground, Hollywood also contains the graves for two U.S. Presidents (including James Monroe), famous authors, a U.S. Supreme Court judge, and members of Richmond’s leading families. Transportation will be … [Read more...]

Chandler Hall History and Drawings Posted

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The history of Chander Hall has been posted under Resources-University of Mary Washington ( )as well as drawings created by Charles Robinson in 1928 for construction of Chandler Hall (the Training School) and the drawings created by J. Binford Walford in 1938 for the portico addition to Chandler Hall (cabinet 2).   … [Read more...]

2015 Historic Preservation Book Prize

The Center for Historic Preservation at The University of Mary Washington seeks nominations for its 2015 Historic Preservation Book Prize. Established by the Center in 1988, the Historic Preservation Book Prize is awarded annually by a jury of preservation academics and professionals to the book with the most potential for positively impacting the discipline of historic preservation in the United States. In making its selection, the jury focuses on books that break new ground or contribute to the intellectual vitality of the preservation movement. Entries may come from any discipline that relates to the theory or practice of historic preservation. Nominations may be made by any source. In order for a book to be eligible for the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize, it must be available in the United States between January 1, and December 31, 2014. Letters of nomination and six (6) copies of the nominated book must be postmarked by January 3, 2015, and sent to: Dr. Doug Sanford, … [Read more...]

Professor Doug Sanford and the Stratford Field School in the News

Congratulations to Professor Sanford and the Stratford field school. … [Read more...]

New Fredericksburg Courthouse and Clerk’s Office Location

Researchers and students be advised, the Fredericksburg Clerk's Office is now open in its new location, just down the street, at 701 Princess Anne Street on the first floor. The new facilty does not allow cellphones, backpacks or computers. … [Read more...]

Stafford will study slavery locations

University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation professor Douglas Sanford will spearhead an effort to study slavery locations in Stafford County, Virginia.  This work will be conducted with support from the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation as well as funds from Stafford County which were obtained as part of a Virginia Department of Historic Resources grant.  Follow the link to learn more (   … [Read more...]

2014 Book Prize Winner Announced!


The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “Old Buildings New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations” by Françoise Astorg Bollack. The Center for Historic Preservation awarded the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “Old Buildings New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations” by Françoise Astorg Bollack. “Bollack’s book is provocative for historic preservation in the United States and worldwide,” said Gary Stanton, chair of the jury and associate professor of historic preservation at UMW. “[The book] proposes ways of seeing, valuing and designing that not all readers will approve or appreciate. Yet the value of the discussion is not brought forward by a slow evolution of the language of rehabilitation and reuse, but by the articulation of contrasting active design concepts.” The center awards the Historic Preservation Book Prize annually to a book that a jury … [Read more...]