State grant sought to continue repair work at Greenway Court

Posted: February 9, 2013

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — Clarke County’s Historic Preservation Commission agreed Thursday to seek a $20,000 state grant to continue repair work on the colonial-era buildings at Greenway Court.

The National Register of Historic Places site, seat of Thomas Lord Fairfax in the 1700s, brought a teenaged George Washington to the Valley in 1748 to perform survey work for the English lord.

Fairfax had been granted more than 5 million acres between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers by the king of England and moved to Clarke County to oversee the sale of the land.

Although the buildings are in private hands, the county government negotiated its first conservation easement in 2003 with the owners to preserve the historic site.

In 2010, Preservation Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter led a fund drive which raised $70,000 to match a state grant of $47,500 to stabilize the buildings, including a stone land office and a wooden smokehouse, along with an 19th-century carriage house.

Architectural historian Maral Kalbian said the next project must be the repair and replacement of the roofs on the three buildings.

She is working to obtain estimates for the cost of the repairs.

That project will be the first priority for grant funds, said commission Chairman Thomas Gilpin. Any additional grant funds will be targeted to the pursuit of a National Historic Register nomination for Josephine Street in Berryville as a historic district.

Kalbian is finishing a preliminary information study that can be used to complete the nomination to be submitted to the Virginia Historic Resources Board and, from there, to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The commission also wants to seek funds to reprint an updated driving tour brochure for the county to promote tourism and help local residents learn more about the county’s past.

Attending the meeting in the Joint Government Center were Chairman Thomas Gilpin and members H. Baker, Page Carter, Betsy Field and Marty Hiatt. Planning Commission liaison Cliff Nelson was absent.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com