The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the following projects described in the Foundation’s work plan for featured fundraising.
The Foundation Board encourages citizens, corporations and businesses to donate funds to support these projects to ensure that Prince William County’s precious historic sites remain first-class heritage tourism destinations.
All County-owned historic sites may be financially supported by designated donations to a specific site or project.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Cemetery Preservation
Fundraising Goal: $175,000
The Foundation and County staff are preparing Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for Virginia’s statewide Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War. Funds are being raised to preserve and protect the Park’s Confederate cemeteries, to develop walking trails and to improve Park infrastructure to serve more visitors. Plans include installing interpretive signs and fencing, removing excessive and invasive vegetation and restoring wildlife habitats.
Fundraising Goal: $50,000
Woodlawn is a brace-framed Federal-period
style 1 ½- and 2-story frame house constructed in three primary episodes (ca. 1825, ca. 1830, and ca. 1845) in a linear manner along a nearly east-west axis. Once the home of former Virginia state Senator John Webb Tyler, the property’s façade has a pedimented portico supported by Tuscan columns. An elaborately decorated entrance retains many Federal- period decorative details. The foundation and four chimneys are constructed of irregularly-coursed rough-cut fieldstone. The upper portions of the chimneys are constructed of brick. The Federal-period style is represented on the interior by the woodwork surrounding the entrance, including bead molding trimming the elliptical fanlight, and the mantelpieces.
Located near Route 15 and the Journey
Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Woodlawn was recently rezoned by the University of Virginia Foundation. The UVA Foundation agreed to donate the house and
nine acres to Prince William County. In 2011,
The County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution allowing the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation to acquire the property, apply for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and then sell Woodlawn to a buyer that will restore it. Proceeds from the sale will be used for future historic preservation projects. The Foundation is raising $50,000 for stabilization and maintenance.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site Visitor Center
Fundraising Goal: $5 million
The Visitor Center will house exhibitions that explore the histories of Rippon Lodge and the communities that developed along the colonial Potomac River. The Visitor Center will include visitor service amenities such as a small theater, a museum shop and restrooms as well as space for collections storage and staff offices. The completed building will feature an attractive multipurpose room that will accommodate educational programs and rentals.
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