May 16, 2016
Dear friends of the Waterford Foundation,
Thank you for your continued support of the Waterford Foundation and our mission –
“To preserve the historic buildings and the open spaces of the National Historic Landmark of Waterford, Virginia, and through education to increase the public’s knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.”
In December of last year we gathered our friends and supporters to talk about the state of affairs of the Foundation. With a generous donation, the Foundation’s board of directors and staff embarked on the process of creating a strategic plan for the Foundation. We are excited for this opportunity to create a stronger organization, well positioned to continue our work protecting our National Landmark and acting as a resource for historical research and education on life in early rural America.
The help and generosity of our strong community of supporters enables the Foundation to fulfill its mission to preserve, protect and educate. As we move forward, we are looking closely at how we fulfill this mission. We have created an online survey asking for your input into our strategic planning process. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. We will gather again soon in another town hall style meeting to update you on our progress and gather additional input.
The strategic planning process is an exciting time and we look forward to hearing from you, our friends and supporters, about how we can make our organization even stronger.
Again, thank you, for your continued support.
Thomas Kuehhas, Executive Director
Stephanie Thompson, President
The Waterford National Historic Landmark is a treasured connection to America’s past, present, and future. The Waterford Foundation not only preserves the Landmark’s historic buildings and beautiful green fields and landscapes, but presents exciting programs that “connect” all of us to our heritage and help us understand our past. Watch a video about the village and Foundation history here.
Walk with us through Waterford today and discover what makes this place so memorable. Hear the stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. They built a thriving town from wilderness; they endured a long and bloody war that threatened to destroy their homes and their lives; and in good times and bad they held tightly to their vision of a special place. Today their 18th and 19th century homes, mill, forge, corner store, Quaker meeting house, the one-room schoolhouse that served the African-American community, and the surrounding 1,420 acres of farmland, compose a National Historic Landmark. Waterford’s ongoing preservation is the work of the nonprofit Waterford Foundation. Download our Self-Guided Walking Tour Booklet of Waterford, Virginia.
Since its creation in 1943, this grassroots organization has raised millions of dollars to rescue and preserve numerous historic buildings, to save neighboring farms and open spaces from development; and to share its history through educational and cultural programs and an archives and local history collection. And from its first year until today, the Foundation has produced the award-winning Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit, best known as “The Waterford Fair.
The Foundation’s most recent challenge has been funding and rebuilding the Waterford Old School, severely damaged by fire in 2007. In spring 2012 the beautifully restored classroom building and its new auditorium reopened for Waterford’s acclaimed classical Concert Series, Old Schoolhouse Rocks concerts, book talks, and art and photography exhibits. The Old School and other historic properties are also available to rent for meetings, weddings, and special events. And if you are visiting Waterford on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, be sure to stop into the Waterford Corner Store where you will find crafts and food goods made by local artisans.
Thanks to Foundation members, residents, sponsors, donors, concert audiences, fair goers, and friends, Waterford is here for you to discover today. We invite you to join us in preserving this special place for future generations and continue making history.