Preservation Group Offers Public Tour of On-Going Greenway Court Restoration

The Northern Shenandoah Valley (NSV) Branch of Preservation Virginia will showcase the on-going restoration work at Greenway Court with a guided tour of the property at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011.   Greenway Court, a National Historic Landmark, located just outside White Post in Clarke County, was the colonial estate of Thomas, Lord Fairfax.

The site is in private ownership and can only be visited by the public on this special occasion at the owner’s invitation. The property, a private residence, is otherwise closed.

Lord Fairfax was the only English peer to reside in the American colonies and he administered his 5 million-acre land holdings from his Greenway Court estate from 1747 until his death in 1781.   Although the original house is gone, two buildings that date from Lord Fairfax’s time of residence remain on the property, the stone “Land Office” and a log smokehouse.   In addition, a carriage house thought to have been built in the 1830s using stone recycled from the original house is also on site.   Greenway Court is privately owned but Clarke County holds conservation easements on the property.   In a unique partnership between private property owners, local government and the non-profit sector, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia adopted emergency stabilization and restoration work at Greenway Court as the Branch’s first project in late 2008.   In 2009, the Branch launched a successful fundraising campaign to secure matching funds for a state grant.   As a result of that fundraising effort, emergency stabilization work is now underway at Greenway Court.

At the tour on June 11, visitors will have the opportunity to see the recently completed and ongoing work firsthand.   Peter Post, the contractor who is doing the restoration, will be on hand to discuss his works and future efforts needed.   In addition, Bob Stieg Swill make a presentation on the dendrochronology analysis completed last year, which provides definitive dates of construction for the land office and smokehouse.   The tour and presentation is free to members of Preservation Virginia members and $10 per person for non-members.   Following the tour, light refreshments will be served.

Greenway Court is located on White Post Road (Route 658) south of the village of White Post.   On the day of the tour, “Historic Site Tour” signs will be posted at the property’s driveway