Long Branch Names New Executive Director

Nicholas A. Redding has been named executive director of the Long Branch Historic Home and Farm, the Board of Directors said on Friday.

Redding’s appointment takes effect Aug. 27.

“We are extremely pleased to have a person of Nick’s background, academic credentials, and enthusiasm join the Long Branch family,” said David Goff, chairman of the Long Branch Board of Directors. “As a bonus, Nick has a strong interest in the history of the period when Long Branch was a significant player in Clarke County. We look forward to discovering new ways of telling that story to the community.”

Among Redding’s first tasks will be a strategic review of Long Branch’s current operations and its future opportunities, Goff said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the community to create a bold future for Long Branch,” said Redding. “Clarke County is home to a profoundly American story, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to bring that history to a broad audience.”

Redding was deputy director for advocacy for the Civil War Trust in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for planning and directing preservation advocacy campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Among the campaigns was a highly successful drive to maintain the integrity of the Gettysburg Battlefield site.

He also is a member of the Historic Preservation Commission of Frederick County, MD, and is a guest curator of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum in Shepherdstown, WV. He formerly served as a park ranger for the National Park Service in Gettysburg and Williamsport, MD.

Redding is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, where he studied history and historic preservation.

Long Branch Historic Home and Farm is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and utilize the estate for the benefit of the local and regional community. Long Branch’s 1811 plantation house, working farm, and scenic open spaces promote education, provide environmental preservation, and host community events. For more information, go to www.historiclongbranch.com.