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 – Province McCormick
Province McCormick, shown here, was first cousin to Dawson McCormick, who bought Clermont in 1819. Province served as Commonwealth’s Attorney of Clarke County from 1840 to 1866. His home, Hawthorne, just across Route 7 from Clermont, was burned by Union Maj. George Armstrong Custer in retaliation for the death, in Berryville, of a Union sentry at the hands of Mosby’s men.