31st Virginia Preservation Conference

Preservation Virginia is pleased to be hosting the 31st annual Virginia Preservation Conference, an event that brings together architects, builders, preservationists, government leaders, developers, lawyers, local planning officials and people like you from across the Commonwealth. This year’s conference will take place at The Paramount Theater and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street NW, 2nd floor, Charlottesville, on Sunday, October 16th and Monday, October 17th. Following the release of the third and final phase of our Economic Impact Study, the theme of the conference will revolve around expanded definitions of and the positive economic impacts and value of Heritage Tourism in Virginia.  

Visit to view the preliminary program (8/10/16) and for registration information. 


Save the Date: Fluvanna County Tour

Pleasant Grove House Museum

We are pleased to invite you on our members-only fall tour of historic buildings in Fluvanna County Saturday, September 24th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Marvin Moss, president of Fluvanna Historical Society, will lead our tour. We will begin the tour at the newly restored Pleasant Grove House Museum, which won our 2015 preservation award. Built in 1854, it is an excellent example of an adaptive reuse and public/private partnership project as it now houses both county offices and a museum. The house sits on a 936-acre farmsite adjacent to the Rivanna River. Now owned by Fluvanna County, the site offers a Heritage Trail and Pollinator and Community Gardens and hosts the Fluvanna Farmers Market and offers other park activities.

The second part of our program will be a tour by car through the distinctive village of Palmyra where important historic buildings, such as the Greek Revival courthouse and Old Stone Jail Museum, will be pointed out.

We will complete our tour with a visit to another wonderful National Register listed property, Glen Burnie, built in 1829 and now owned by our host Marvin Moss. It is an eclectic house architecturally that shares features of late Federal, Greek, Gothic and Jacobean revival styles. The house and 187 acres land are now under a permanent historic easement and includes the historic Glen Burnie Cemetery.

After a tour of the house, we will enjoy light refreshments on the property. Attendees are invited also to take a tour of the gardens and the nearby chapel/guesthouse housing many Eastern Orthodox icons painted by Father Mefodii, one of the resident monks.

New and returning members are welcome to join and renew their dues on site the day of the tour.

It is suggested that people wear casual, outdoor-type shoes for this tour.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 21st to the Preservation Piedmont address:

Directions: There are several ways to reach Pleasant Grove House. One way is to take I-64 to exit 136, Route 15 South towards Palmyra & turn west onto Rt. 53. Address is 271 Pleasant Grove Drive. The trip takes about 35–40 minutes. Driveway entrance for parking is to the left of the house. We encourage carpooling and we suggest avoiding Route 53 out of Charlottesville as Route 53 near Charlottesville, especially in the Carter Mountain orchard/Michie Tavern vicinity, can be very congested on fall weekends.

Glen Burnie


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