January 2019
Frosty Phillips Farm
Photography by Jackie Wynn
A Message from the Executive Director
Happy New Year from Waterford! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season together with friends and family. Here at the Old School we are so grateful for all the generous donations that came in through the end of the year. Thank you to everyone who gave to our end-of-year campaign! These gifts sustain our preservation and education mission throughout the year, and we cannot do it without your help!

In this month's newsletter we are looking forward to another wonderful year of preservation work and educational programs. Read below to preview classes planned for the Waterford Craft School this spring and three summer camps for children age 8 and up. Don't miss this month's volunteer spotlight and a tribute to a longtime Waterford resident. Read to the end to learn about the nightlife in Waterford in the late 1800s.

Stephanie C. Thompson
Executive Director

p.s. Please help us celebrate the retirement of Preservation Director Margaret Good on Friday, January 31st! See below for details.
Thank You To All Our #GivingTuesday and
Annual Giving Campaign Donors
On behalf of our board of directors and staff, we would like to thank everyone who donated to our #GivingTuesday fundraiser and Annual Giving Campaign!

Your support helps keep this remarkably preserved little piece of American history alive for new generations. For 75 years, gifts like yours have enabled us to save, preserve, and share the National Historic Landmark’s historic old buildings, its green and open spaces, and its nearly 300 years of rural American history.

Your gifts help us sustain our education and preservation mission into the New Year and beyond. Thank you to all our our members, supporters, and donors who came through for us to help us achieve our end of the year fundraising goal!

If you did not get a chance to donate in 2019, it is not too late! Please consider giving a donation in any amount online at www.waterfordfoundation.org/donate.
April Weekend Workshops at Waterford Craft School
Over twenty available 2020 Waterford Craft School classes are posted now online at www.craftschool.waterfordfoundation.org/classes ! Our first session of 2020 is Saturday & Sunday April 4-5, 2020 when we will host the following classes:

Click the Name of Any April 2020 Class Below to Register!

PS: Are you a member of the Waterford Foundation? Current members get $25 off any full day or multi-day Waterford Craft School class! Just enter the discount code MEM-2020-WCS at checkout!
Join us at the Old School for Margaret Good's Retirement Party Friday, January 31, 2020!
Congratulations Margaret Good!
Margaret Good has dedicated her talents to the Waterford Foundation over the past 25 years in both staff and volunteer leadership roles. She retired as Preservation Director early this month.

Join us in congratulating Margaret on a well-earned retirement!

When: Fri., January 31st 6PM to 8PM

Where: The Old School Auditorium
2020 Summer Camp Preview!
Colonial Camp for Ages 8-10 Years
M-F June 15-19, 2020
This camp, led by former Colonial Williamsburg reenactor Brettt Walker allows campers explore and experience the daily life of 18th century American colonists! Campers will try out colonial skills such as quill and ink penmanship, farm animal handling, seed-planting, and pottery. Young campers will also learn to prepare colonial recipes and play indoor and outdoor games of the 18th century!

Register at the link:

Colonial Camp for Ages 11-13 Years
M-F July 13-17, 2020
This camp, led by former Colonial Williamsburg reenactor Brettt Walker allows campers explore and experience the daily life of 18th century American colonists! Campers will try out colonial skills such as quill and ink penmanship, farm animal handling, seed-planting, and pottery. Young campers will also learn to prepare colonial recipes and play indoor and outdoor games of the 18th century!

This is a more "in-depth" version of Colonial Camp especially for middle-school aged youth!

Register at the link:
Forensics Camp for 7th-9th Graders
M-F July 27-31, 2020
This camp, led by forensic scientist Dr. David Clark of Northern Virginia Community College and Catholic University of America will allow older campers to learn how to "read" a human skeleton, how historic cemetery research is conducted, how to keep a Forensic Journal, and how forensic sciences and archaeology overlap.

Register at the link:
In Memory of Charles "Chuck" Anderson
We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of longtime Waterford resident Chuck Anderson. Many current residents remember Chuck as the real estate agent who first introduced them to their new Waterford home. Chuck and wife Marie moved to Waterford from Arlington in 1967, establishing their household in the "Pink House" across the street from the Post Office. From his office in the Tin Shop, Chuck's offerings of historic village homes enticed many Waterford visitors through the years.

A staunch supporter of the arts, Chuck was a founding member of the Waterford Concert Series, which held its first concert in the old auditorium of the Old School in 1995. Chuck will always be remembered in the village for his colorful personality and friendly greetings.
Thank You to Our New & Renewing Members!
Memberships provide a vital portion of the Waterford Foundation's funds to pay for the upkeep and repair of thirteen properties protected by the Waterford Foundation, as well as programs like the  Second Street School  living history program, the  Waterford Craft School , the  Waterford Fair , and special programs throughout the year. We would like to thank the following new and renewing members who have joined or renewed in June 2019!
New & Renewing Members: December 2019
Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Beth Boland
Ms Cathleen Breitkreutz
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry H. Briggs
Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Charlotte Carriker
Ms. Carolee Chamberlin
Mr. Joseph Coleman
Ms. Marie Colosimo
Ms. Suzanne Covington
Mr. Michael Cowell and Ms. Patti Psaris
Mr. and Mrs. W. Bowman and Abbie Cutter
Mr. Jonathan Daniel & Mr. Lee Spangler
Ms. Paula Dennis
Ms. Mandi Dodson
Ms. Michael & Emily Eig
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt & Beth Erickson
Ms. Mary J Frase
Mr. and Mrs. J. Chester and Betsy Gibson, III
Ms. Christine E. Gleckner and Mr. Clay Steward
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Elaina R Goldrick
Dr. and Mrs. Claude C Gravatt, Jr.
Ms. Debra Gutenson
Ms. Marilyn Harrington
Mr. and Mrs. George & Susan Herbert
Ms. Penny L Hess

Mr. and Mrs. Neil C Hughes
Ms. Melissa Jones
Ms. Tracy Kirkman
Ms. Helen Knowles
Ms. Kathryn E Koblos
Mr. and Mrs. James P Lucier
Ms Helene McCarron
Dr. Kevin P. O'Connor & Ms. Irene Alexine von Keszycki
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pepper
Mr. and Mrs. Travis and Gene Riddle
Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Holly Roeder
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rogers, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald and Carol L. Rothrock
Ms Sharon & Steve Serpati
Ms Barbara H. Suhay
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Sutton
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Thompson
Ms. Courtney Wayland
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wever
Our Sustaining Members are: Mr. and Mrs. Goode (Joe and Annie), Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Hale (Bob and Susanne), Ms. Joan Kowalski, Mr. Ed Lehman and Ms. Edith Crockett, Robert and Stephanie Thompson, and Ms. Wendy Roseberry and Mr. Brian Whelan. To become a sustaining member, click here .
Next month, we will acknowledge our new and renewing January 2020 members!
Volunteer of the Month: Lenie McCarron
Many of you may have heard about the fantastic farm-to-table fundraising dinner that the Foundation hosted on Saturday evening of the Fair, the Feast With Friends. It was a truly magical and successful event with a great community spirit! We had a fabulous committee to help pull it all together.  This very special volunteer was all-in right from the beginning! She combed her network to find event sponsors and made an introduction to our chef and caterer for the evening; Jason Lage of Market Table Bistro. This lovely lady also spent her time at the Fair selling tickets and helping with the PTO food stand. Lenie McCarron always shows up with a smile, has a positive attitude and is a real team player. We are so thankful to have her as a Foundation cheerleader and dedicated volunteer! Thank you, Lenie!
Stories from Waterford
Main Street Tavern in Waterford, Virginia
These days the streets of Waterford are quiet in the evenings, but that was not always the case. Local Waterford writer Molly Steer wrote the following poem about the tavern on Main Street in Waterford that operated through the late 1800s.

" A Tavern stood upon the street
That some did much deplore
For many a noble-minded man
Went down to rise no more"

Below are some of thoughts on this topic by the late historian John Divine, a native Waterfordian:

"... She [Molly Steer] was probably not exaggerating. Waterford's historical record is full of allusion to what we would call alcoholism. Even Ms. Steer's Quakers were known to overimbibe, though they did so at peril to their standing with the meeting. The minutes of Fairfax Meeting all too commonly chronical 'excessive drinking of spiritous liquors' and complain of members 'being disguised with strong drink.'"

Note: "Meeting" is the Quaker term for church or congregation. The Fairfax Meeting was the congregation in Waterford throughout the 1800s.
From the book "When Waterford and I Were Young" by John E. Divine, Bronwen Souders & John Souders. 1996. Published by the Waterford Foundation.
Click here to purchase your own copy of " When Waterford and I Were Young " online from the Waterford Foundation.
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