May 2019
Garden Flowers in Waterford
A Message from the Executive Director
Happy Preservation Month! Colorful flowers and sunny days make spring a particularly beautiful time of year to visit our National Historic Landmark. I hope you have been able to join us recently for our Annual Meeting, Trail Run, or perhaps a Craft School class. If not, read below for highlights of the Annual Meeting and a recap of last Saturday's Trail Run.

Also in this newsletter you'll find an overview of our June Waterford Craft School offerings, information about our two summer camps, and our volunteer spotlight. Read to the end to find out what and how Waterfordians were celebrating back in May 1865.

Stephanie C. Thompson
Executive Director
p.s. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 7th for Give Choose , Loudoun's day of online giving! See to find participating organizations, make donations, and watch the leaderboard. Your gift on May 7th might help the Waterford Foundation win cash prizes to support our preservation and education mission!
Honoring our Preservation Partners at the 75th Annual Meeting
Joe Coleman, President of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (left) and Chuck Kuhn (center) owner of JK Moving Services, with Waterford Foundation Executive Director, Stephanie Thompson.
The Waterford Foundation hosted the 75th Annual Meeting on April 23, 2019. Thank you to all of you who attended! The highlight of the meeting was an inspiring talk by Chuck Kuhn of JK Moving and Joe Coleman, President of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, as they discussed their work to purchase and preserve an 87-acre parcel on Stumptown Road outside of Lucketts. The property, now named JK's Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary, will soon include an outdoor classroom and trail network to provide public access to the globally rare wetlands that host scores of salamanders, frogs, turtles, raptors, songbirds, and more. Kuhn also spoke about how he became involved in preservation and discussed additional properties that he has saved, including the JK Community Farm outside of Round Hill. The Community Farm is a new nonprofit organization that grows vegetables and raises livestock to provide fresh food for area food banks. To recognize Kuhn's and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's work on the Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary, the Foundation presented the two organizations with the 2019 Community Partner Award.

Additional highlights of the meeting include:
Two Retiring Board Members Recognized
Two Board Members reached the end of their two three-year terms on the Board: Joe Goode and Roy Chaudet. Joe Goode served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, and chair of the Phillips Farm Committee. Roy Chaudet served on the Fair Business Management Committee and coordinated the Fair entertainers and other musical fundraising events for the Foundation. We are so grateful for their contributions to the Waterford Foundation!

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Kathleen Hughes. Kathleen Hughes has served on the Waterford Foundation's Education Committee, Fair Business Management Committee, and Development Committee, as President of the Board, and Director of Development. She continues to serve as a key volunteer on the Education, Development, and Fair Business Management Committees, and as chair of the Publications Subcommittee. Thank you Kathleen, for your dedication to the Foundation!

Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Inga Woods, a volunteer who has dedicated her hard work and leadership skills to grow the Waterford Foundation's Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run/Walk since 2017. We are so grateful that she has chosen to dedicate so much of her time and effort to the work of the Waterford Foundation.

New Board Members and New Officers
Four new Board members were elected to serve on the Board of Directors: Christine Gleckner, Joan Kowalski, Anna Rathmann, and Dave Hunt. Bonnie Getty was re-elected to serve her second three-year term. New officers were also elected: Annie Good, President; Jonathan Daniel, Vice President; Susanne Hale, Secretary, and John Caron, Treasurer. Congrats to our new and returning Directors!
A Successful 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Walk/Run
This team of runners is all smiles!
Run organizer Inga Woods (right)
announcing the race finalists!
On Saturday, April 27 over 300 runners participated in the 3rd Annual Historic Waterford Trail Run/Walk. Over sixty participants registered to run the new 10k route added this year. In tandem with the run, the Waterford Foundation also hosted its first Preservation Expo, a gathering of nonprofits and local farmers with a vested interest in land preservation.

The good weather, smiling faces, and enthusiastic participants we had this year made this run an event to remember!

We would like to thank our organizer Inga Woods, for all her hard work and leadership! We would also like to express our gratitude to the sponsors, volunteers, participants, and property owners who made this year's run such a success!

Save the date for next year's run on Saturday, April 25, 2020!
Give Choose is Tuesday May 7, 2019
Support Loudoun's Nonprofits!
Mark your calendar for May 7th to support the Waterford Foundation and other nonprofit participants in Give Choose, sponsored by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Visit to browse the participating organizations and schedule your gifts!

Find our profile at to schedule your gift today. Please help us spread the word and share this info with your friends and family!
Summer Camps in Waterford
Forensics Camp
Open to rising 6th-8th graders
July 29-August 2, 2019
Instructor Dr. David Clark of Catholic University of America and NVCC will lead campers in activities such as:
• Keeping a Forensic Journal
• Learning from the human skeleton
• Identifying human bones
• Determining the age of a skeleton
• Hands-on projects every day
• Cemetery Research
• Distinguishing human from animal bones
• King Richard III remains discovery…

Colonial Camp
Open to 8 - 10 year-olds
June 24-28, 2019
The instructor, Brett Walker, is a history scholar/artisan. Mr. Walker will lead campers in activities such as:
• Discovering daily life 245 years ago
• Practicing vegetable gardening
• Learning about handling farm animals
• Performance of period dance
• Writing with a goose-feather pen
• Creating a hand-stitched journal
• Preparing a harvest feast
• Discovering archaeological treasures

Volunteer Spotlight: Connie Moore & Jim Behan
Connie Moore and Jim Behan were instrumental in recruiting new members
to the Waterford Foundation during the 2019 Waterford Fair.
Waterford is fortunate to have several strong “power couples” that are eager to volunteer when duty calls. At the 2018 Fair the Development Committee wanted to try a new approach for promoting Foundation membership during the Fair with Member Services tables at the ticket gates. We hoped the new approach would reach more fairgoers, but we knew we would need more volunteers to make the new approach a success. Connie Moore and Jim Behan were quick to sign up to help when the call for volunteers went out. Moreover, they arrived for their shifts ready and excited to extoll the virtues of Foundation membership to our visitors. With their help, 2018 was one of the best years in recent memory for membership during the Fair. Thank you, Connie and Jim!

Have you considered volunteering your time with the Foundation? We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available! Find out more at or call 540-882-3018, ext 3. 
Available June Classes
at Waterford Craft School
Click on any photo to register for the class of your choice.

Stories from Waterford
Top of Main Street in Waterford Virginia, 1860s
May 1865 - Waterford Faced End of Civil War
- With Mixed Emotions 
From: "To Talk Is Treason" Quakers of Waterford, Virginia on Life, Love, Death, & War in the Southern Confederacy by John E. Divine, Bronwen C. Souders, and John M. Souders
In a shoe shop on the north side of Main Street, a number of Quakers had gathered when the first news of Lee's surrender reached the town. Below is an account of the days to come as described in the book, "To Talk is Treason" published by the Waterford Foundation:

After four years of much suffering and personal loss, they cold at last see the end of their troubles. According to Waterford legend, their joy was uncontrollable, and grabbing each other by the arms, these black-frocked, sedate Quakers -- momentarily forgetting the tenets of their Meeting - danced a jig.

In mid May of 1865 the town was gaily decorated with patriotic bunting and on the highest hill in town, was a formal ceremony raising the Stars and Stripes.

Not everyone, of course, shared the Quakers' jubilation. For many of the defeated Confederates, the humiliation and despair seems unbearable. Even two years later, Frank Myers, one veteran of "Lige" White's 35 Battalion, could scarcely stomach the ordeal of "registering" as a loyal citizen of the United States before the new justice of the peace - none other than John Duttton. Myer's diary captured his bitterness.

Tue-25 Ju [ne, 1867]: Rained all morning nearly, but not very hard though. I have been plowing corn all day. This afternoon was hot. Suppose I'll have to register tomorrow. Oh! how I do hate it. I hate the Yankees and the US more than I ever did. That is right hard to do for I hated them before, worse than I did the devil.

Wed-26 Ju: Plowed corn until noon. After dinner went to Waterford. Yes! and I was registered before the grand high priest of the devil in Lodoun -- John B. Dutton. Awful bitter and I felt like choking, but I didn't quite do it. Except I felt like choking John B. Dutton....

This hatred welled in the same man who in 1862 had gone to Leesburg with Lizzie Dutton to help secure her father's release from Confederate arrest. Four years of war had deeply divided former friend and family. The Dutton girls, too, found it hard to forgive:

Can we forget the ones whose hearts
Are blackened by those deeds of madness--
Once cherished as our neighbors-now
The cause of all this gloom and sadness?
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Schooley Dutton circa 1862
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