David Boyce, Executive Director of Long Branch, Dies

The executive director of Long Branch Historic House and Farm died on Sunday.

Although details are still emerging, David Y. Boyce of Millwood passed away unexpectedly of a suspected heart attack. Boyce was 57 years old.

“David came to Long Branch as executive director in the Fall of 2010,” said David Goff, chairman of Long Branch’s board of directors. “He certainly is going to be missed.”

Boyce lived in Clarke County all of his life and was known by the nickname “Millwood” to his many friends throughout the county. Prior to joining Long Branch, Boyce spent 14 years as executive director at Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property in Loudoun County just south of Leesburg.

Goff said that when the Long Branch executive director position became available Boyce was the perfect person for the job.

“David was the right person for Long Branch because of his close ties to Clarke County,” Goff said on Monday. “Long Branch is here to serve the people of Clarke County and David knew a lot about Clarke County. So it was a good match.”

Each year Long Branch hosts the Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon, a Wine & Music Festival and other events. Boyce was actively working to expand program offering at the time of his death.

“This is a terrible shock to all of us and a great loss,” Goff said.


  1. Millwood ye are sorely missed!

  2. David Dawlin’ I Love you Sweetheart – you have always been the upbeat surfer (even though it is your son to take up the physical profession), a grand, generous entertainer and Light heart. Miss you greatly ! And Loving the Love you are transmitting from the grand sea of Unconditional Love to all those you adore !! Will open up to listening and feeling your connection. Thank you for being You !!
    Big Hugs and Kisses . . . your friend

  3. Daivd will be missed by his family, friends and community. He knew history and Long Branch needed his dedicated leadership. His friendly disposition relaxed and uplifted the spirit of people. It seems premature for him to die so young, but now I must accept that he is in God’s care.

  4. Robert G Cottrell says:

    I lost track of Millwood with time and age. It’s nice to hear that he didn’t change with age. He was a good friend in school and much fun to be around. It sounds like he did well with his short life and partook of something he enjoyed. He was always fun loving and could find goodness in anyone. Miilwood , buddy, rest well and take care of things until we get there.

  5. An overflowing congregation heard Chip give a heart warming eulogy on saturday at the funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville. At Long Branch, David had many friends at his reception.