Historic Northern Shenandoah Valley Site Tours, May 2 & May 16



The Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia will have two meetings in May 2010.   The first meeting is the rescheduled winter quarter meeting that was cancelled due to the snow.   The second meeting is our regular spring quarter meeting.   We hope you will be able to join us.   Please share this information with others who may be interested!

The meetings will be at Springsbury Farm in Clarke County on May 2, 2010,  and at the Hottel-Keller Homestead in Shenandoah County on May 16, 2010.     These sites, located in the northern and southern parts of the NSV Branch territory, represent two very different examples of settlement in the Shenandoah Valley.   Both sites are in the development stage with on-going research and planning efforts for the long-term preservation and public interpretation of historic resources.   The NSV Branch is honored to offer you the rare opportunity to see these properties and to witness historic preservation in action.    

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Springsbury Farm, Clarke County  

Springsbury Farm and the adjacent Lands End property are historic plantations along the Shenandoah River, now owned by Casey Trees.   Following a short business meeting, architectural historian Maral Kalbian will present the results of her recent research on the history of the property and then lead a tour of the property. Light refreshments will be served following the tour.   Admission to this meeting is free for Preservation Virginia members and $10 for non-members.   The admission fee will be credited towards purchase of an annual membership in Preservation Virginia, for those wishing to join. Membership forms will be available.          

Located along the Shenandoah River three miles southeast of Berryville, Springsbury is one of the premier country estates in the region.   At its core is a late-18th-century dwelling that was greatly enlarged in 1937 after designs by renowned Boston architects Perry, Shaw & Hepburn.   Best known for their work at Colonial Williamsburg, they transformed the somewhat plain dwelling into a sprawling Georgian Colonial Revival-style mansion. Ellen Biddle Shipman, one of America’s most prominent woman landscape architects, designed the elaborate gardens and Alfred Hopkins created the stable complex.   In 2008, Springsbury Farm and an adjacent parcel known as Lands End, totaling 730 acres, were donated to Casey Trees by philanthropist Betty Brown Casey.   Casey Tree is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization dedicated to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the Nation’s Capital.  The organization’s future plans for Springsbury Farm are under study.  

Directions to Springsbury Farm from downtown Berryville:   Take East Main Street to John Enders Boulevard.   Turn right onto John Enders Boulevard.   Turn left onto Springsbury Farm Road.   Continue  Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.