Preservation Easements 101

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Jess R. Phelps is coming to the University of Mary Washington on January 28th to discuss his career in preservation easements. His legal background alongside his interest in historic preservation has led him to a career focused on easements. Preservation easements are restrictions put in place to protect and preserve historically, architecturally, or archaeologically significant structures. His lecture will be given in Combs Hall 237 from 5-6:30pm.    … [Read more...]

Fall 2014 Newsletter

UMW's Historic Preservation Newsletter for Fall 2014 is available below! In this issue we congratulate the recent graduates, give updates on campus buildings, alumni, Stratford Hall Plantation field school, and the HISP club. There are also a few entries from current students sharing stories from their summer internships. If you would like to receive a digital copy please fill out this form so that you can be added to the email list! Enjoy and be on the look out for the Spring Newsletter! Fall 2014 Newsletter 10.30.14 … [Read more...]

Stewardship of a University’s Built Heritage

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Jack Pyburn, FAIA will present a lecture entitled Stewardship of a University's Built Heritage.  This lecture sponsored by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation will delve into how University campuses can best address preservation issues with limited fiscal resources.  The lecture will be held on November 11th from 5-6:30 in Combs Hall, room #237. … [Read more...]

Alumna aids Fannie Roots’ historic cottage to open doors

Fannie Roots lived in a cottage on the corner of Washington Street and U.S. 17 in Falmouth for her entire life. The structure was almost demolished but protests led it to be preserved as one of the last examples of the "working man's home" from the late 19th century. The original structure was made of log beams and a fieldstone foundation. Roots used the wooden stove to provide most of the heating and cooking, but she did eventually install electric lights and a heating-oil tank. UMW graduate and site preservation manager at Gari Melchers’ Belmont, Beate Ankjær–Jensen, has been working to preserve the building and is trying to find out as much as possible about Roots' life as she can. Roots worked for Gari and Corinne Melchers as a gardener, was active in civil rights efforts, and attended almost every Board of Supervisors meeting. More here: … [Read more...]

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...]