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Waterford Foundation Newsletter            February 2017

A Message from the Executive Director
The Foundation's offices have been a busy place since the holidays and there's lots to cover in this issue of our newsletter!
Here are a few highlights:
  • Members of the Waterford PTO have teamed up with the Foundation to plan the Historic Waterford Trail 5K Run/Walk . Inga Woods will chair the subcommittee and lead the planning efforts.
  • The Waterford Foundation has announced the 2017 class schedule for the Waterford Heritage Crafts School , which will kick off in April.
  • The Waterford Foundation's Board of Directors announced its approval of the strategic plan .
We are so excited about the 5K event in April, and look forward to working with the group from the Waterford PTO in making this an annual event that's eagerly anticipated by area runners.  

We were overwhelmed with the response we received to our call for instructors for the 2017 sessions of the Heritage Crafts School. Be sure to visit our website at to see the variety of courses being offered this spring and early summer.
This is all good news at a time when the Board of Directors is unveiling its strategic plan, a "road map" for ensuring the Foundation's future!


Tom Kuehhas
Executive Director
Historic Waterford Trail 5K Run/Walk

Step away from your electronics for the day and travel back in time at the historic Waterford trail run/walk.  The Waterford Foundation invites you, your friends and family to experience this unique trail run through a quaint, 1700s village - the only National Landmark of its kind - and its surrounding fields and trails.  
While the run/walk is the main event, there will be something for everyone, from food to live entertainment and rich history.  Docents will conduct 30-minute walking tours through the once-Quaker village.

Waterford is special because it looks almost exactly as it did close to three-hundred years ago - right down to the primitive pathways through the fields.  You may get muddy ... but that is half the fun!  

The race will benefit the nonprofit Waterford Foundation, whose mission is to help preserve the landmark.  Registration opens February 1.

Event information:
5km run/walk - Starts at 9:00 am. The course will involve approximately 70% trails, fields, unpaved road, and 30% of paved road. You will have 1 hour to complete the race.

1 mile fun run
- Kids 1 mile Fun Run starts at 10:00 am and will be in the village on paved roads. Each finisher will get a small reward at the end. Parents you are welcome to run with them and you do not need to fill out a separate registration.

Historic Waterford Village walking tour
- At 09:30 am and at 10:30 am. 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. Walking tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Waterford Trail Blazers
- Waterford Elementary School running program.  You need to be a Waterford Elementary School student and have an adult over 18 years of age, who will have a race number (but will be untimed) to run with you during the event.  Any questions contact the Waterford Elementary School PTO.
2017 Waterford Heritage Crafts School Schedule Announced

HCS Students
Building on the success of the inaugural August session, the Waterford Foundation has announced the 2017 class schedule for the Waterford Heritage Crafts School. There will be four sessions this year (1st weekends of April, May, June, and July) with 4 or 5 classes in each session.  

Classrooms will be in the Old School, John Wesley Church, or outside (masonry and window restoration).  Minimum class size is 5 students.  April's schedule of classes include the Art of Ebru/Turkish Marbling, Herbal Medicine Cabinet, Nantucket Basket weaving, and an introduction to furniture veneering.

Special rates on lodging are available for each session. Click on the lodging link for your session to access a special rate at the Leesburg Best Western. You may also make reservations by calling 703-777-9400.
Visit the Foundation's website at for more information and to sign up today!
Call for Volunteers!

Our volunteer's passions (history, art, education, historic homes, community support, fair, etc.) are the driving force behind the Foundation. 

Contact us to discuss your passion and how you can help with the preservation of our treasured Historic Landmark. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities and are excited to work with you. 

Call or email Julie Goforth, Office Manager, today!
540-882-3018, ext. 3

Waterford Foundation's Board Approves Strategic Plan

The Waterford Foundation's Board of Directors is excited to announce its approval of the strategic plan. The plan has been posted on our website and can be accessed here.

The Board wishes to thank the members of the Ad Hoc Strategic Plan committee: Stephanie Thompson, Jim Gosses, John Caron, Kathleen Elder, Karl Riedel, Bonnie Getty, Tom Kuehhas, and Facilitator Mary Ellen Bowers, for all their work in creating this vision for the Foundation's future. Special thanks go to Bowman and Abbie Cutter for funding this initiative, which will have a critical impact on the Foundation's future course.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Fair Artisans!
The Waterford Fair is using Juried Art Services ( for electronic applications this year. A non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by February 28, 2017, is $30, payable online at the time you fill out the application.

Late applications will be accepted through March 10, 2017. The processing fee for a late application is $60.
Checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard or PayPal are accepted for application fees. Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:55 PM EST, Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

We are looking for additional artisans and food vendors, The food vendor application is up on our website at
If you know of anyone who is interested, please forward their contact information to Fair Director Tracy Kirkman,
Executive Director, Tom Kuehhas and     Fair Director, Tracy Kirkman
Loudoun Artisan Trail

The Waterford Foundation is excited to be an inaugural member of the Loudoun Artisan Trail. Participating in the Artisan Trail will provide powerful promotional opportunities for both the Fair and the Heritage Crafts School.

As a member, the Foundation will be able to post events on Artisan Center of Virginia's Online Event Calendar and social media as well as provide opportunities for participating artists to cross-link events they participate in, such as being a juried Fair artist or Craft School instructor. We will also be featured in regional trail related marketing promotions.

The Artisan Center of Virginia, in partnership with Visit Loudoun, Loudoun County Economic Development, and many local art groups is creating what will be the 32 nd art trail in the state here in Loudoun.
Virginia leads the nation in developing and marketing artisan trails in the US. The Artisan Center of Virginia (ACV) manages 31 artisan trails in the commonwealth. The network links craft artists, fine artists, craft related venues, agri-artisan and farms.
The Trail's launch is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2017 and will coincide with October's American Crafts Month (and the Fair!). 

We received the following letter in the office recently, and thought it would be of interest to our readers...

Waterford Rocker
"I collect old primitive country chairs, mostly from North Carolina & a few from Virginia. Many years ago (25 or 30) I purchased 2 Waterford chairs at a small farm yard sale in Virginia. I paid all of $3.00 for both. I still have them. I have always wanted a rocker, but most were in very bad condition or too too expensive.
If you wait & wish & keep looking, one will turn up some day. Several weeks ago I purchased one, copy of photo and description attached. No one at the auction knew it was a Waterford I don't think. It still was not cheap, but I'm not getting any younger.
I want to purchase the book, "19th Century Chair Manufacturing," price $42.00 plus $3.50 for postage. Enclosed is a check for $45.50. Thanks in advance for your attention to this request.
If there are other publications and/or books that you think I might be interested in, please list one or two. If there is a printed copy of publications, etc. that would be helpful.
Thanks for your help.
Harold E. Wilson
Chapel Hill, NC

Thanks for writing, Harold. Visit our online bookstore at for other titles you might be interested in!
Have You Included the Waterford Foundation in Your Estate Planning?

Help preserve the Waterford National Historic Landmark  for future gener ations.  Include the Waterford Foundation in your estate planning.
You can provide support for the Foundation's efforts at preservation and education, while meeting your financial, tax, and philanthropic goals.

Your bequest to the Waterford Foundation allows us to continue our mission of protecting and preserving this beautiful landmark we all love.  

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