Historic Preservation Commission Announces 2011 Award Winners

The Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission announced its twelfth annual Historic Preservation Award winners today. The awards are presented to Clarke County citizens  who have made distinctive efforts to preserve and maintain the historic structures and places of the Clarke County that are essential to defining its unique cultural identity. The awards are presented at this time of year in recognition of May as National Preservation Month.

The 2011 award recipients are:

University of Virginia

For the Stewardship of The Quarters at Blandy Farm

Presented by: Marty Hiatt, Commission memberThe Quarters at Blandy Farm - Photo courtesy Blandy Experimental Farm

In 1926, the University of Virginia received a 712-acre gift from Graham F. Blandy that was a portion of his Tuleyries estate. Since that time, The University has used the property for environmental research and education and has conscientiously maintained and improved the property and grounds and has opened it to the public. The Orland E. White Arboretum, started in the late 1920s, was designated as the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986 and contains more than 8,000 trees and woody shrubs. Walking and horseback riding trails have been developed and the mid-19th-century brick slave quarters has been enlarged and converted into student housing and laboratories. The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 for its historic significance in the area of education and research in plant genetics and for containing the oldest and largest arboretum in Virginia as well as for its collection of 19th and early-20th-century buildings

Blandy Experimental Farm is a testament to the 85 years of dedication and commitment by the University to maintain the property as a resource that serves many interests in the community. These include garden fairs, educational seminars, art shows, self-guided tours, walking and horseback riding trails, and camps for children just to name a few. Their stewardship of the historic resources on the property and the programmatic development of the site merit the recognition of the 2011 Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission’s Stewardship Award and we are proud to present this award to them.

Ms. Page Carter

Leadership Award

Presented by: John Bieschke, Commission Chair

Page Carter moved to Clarke County with her husband and family in the early 1990s and immediately began making an impact on the historic preservation community. She established Carter-Burton Architects, an award-winning architecture and design firm headquartered in Berryville. She restored the previously neglected Harford Building on Main Street in Berryville, converting the former Masonic Hall 2

into her offices and was one of the first in the area to take advantage of rehabilitation tax credits. She then rehabilitated her historic home, The Glen, located outside of Boyce, also using tax credits. Page has served on the Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission for 14 years, since 1997.

Page has led by example in the area of historic preservation in Clarke County and recognition of her efforts is long overdue. We are happy to present her with the 2011 Historic Preservation Commission Leadership award.

Offices of Berryville Main Street at the Fire House Gallery and Shop

Town of Berryville and Berryville Main Street

Certificate of Merit for the Rehabilitation and Preservation of The Firehouse Gallery

Presented by: Betsy Fields, Commissioner

In 2009, Berryville Main Street partnered with the Town of Berryville to transform the recently vacated town offices into an art gallery as well as housing the offices of Berryville Main Street, a local branch of a nationwide initiative by the National Trust whose mission is to promote economic revitalization in Berryville. Originally a fire station, before it was Town Hall, the space was remodeled in an architecturally sensitive manner using funds from a grant from the Town, a grant and loan from Clarke County, and many private donations from individual and businesses within the community. Since opening last year, the Firehouse Gallery has not only become a retail destination showcasing local artists, but also has taken on programs that educate the public about the visual arts and history of the area.

The Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission recognizes the hard work and joint efforts required to preserve the Fire House Gallery building, a significant historic landmark in Berryville and to provide a compatible adaptive reuse for the building that serves many needs. We are pleased to present the town of Berryville and Berryville Main Street with a 2011 Certificate of Merit award.

John Hudson, Town of Boyce, and Bank of Clarke County  

Certificate of Merit for Writing and Publishing Welcome to Boyceville

Presented by Tom Gilpin, Commission Vice-chair

Conceived as part of the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Boyce, the project of writing a history of the town was completed by local author John Hudson. Growing up in Boyce, John was the perfect choice to research and write the history of the town. He combed through the town minute books, correspondence, and many photo collections in order to publish Welcome to Boyceville 1910-2010 A Centennial Commemoration of the Small Virginia Town of Boyce.

The Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission recognizes John’s great contribution to the historical knowledge of Boyce and Clarke County and honors him by presenting a 2011 Certificate of Merit. In addition, the Commission would like to recognize the Town of Boyce and the Bank of Clarke County for providing the funds to publish the book. 

John Hudson's "Welcome to Boyceville" was released on August 20th - Cover photo used with permission of author

This year, four awards will be presented at the annual awards luncheon. This event will be held at 12 o’clock, on Tuesday, May 17th at the Battletown Inn in Berryville, Virginia.