The past and future of Clermont Farm â€” the 261-year-old State Historic Site just to the east of Berryville â€” will be the subject of The Clermont Forum, which convenes this Friday (June 24, 12:45-2:45, 3:15-5, with a reception to follow) at the Grace Episcopal Parish Hall, 110 N. Church St. in Berryville and Saturday (June 25, 9:30-11:30, 12:30-2:30) at the “Old” Clarke County Courthouse, also on N. Church St. Distinguished Virginia scholars and local historians alike will be looking at Clermont through multiple lenses, including military and African-American history, architecture, the role of women, farm life, and more. The Forum is free, and the public is invited. To learn more about the participants and what they will be discussing, see www.clermontfarm.org.
This “Faces of Clermont” series, compiled with the help of the Clarke County Historical Association, features some of those who have been instrumental in Clermont’s long and rich history.
Faces of Clermont – Edward McCormick
Edward McCormick Williams, shown here in 1965 in the doorway of the Clarke County Courthouse, was educated at Berryville High School and VMI, and received his law degree from National University, in Washington, DC. Commonwealth’s Attorney for Clarke County from 1936 to 1972 â€” the longest tenure in County history â€” he assumed the role of owner-manager of Clermont Farm, beginning in 1968. Edward is buried in Greenhill Cemetery.