This is where Menokin’s interior paneling resided for many years (disassembled in a barn) until it was brought back to the property in 2004.
Enjoy the history lesson!
Historic Architecture Talk
Wednesday May 27, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Retired Senior Architectural Historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Calder Loth, will speak about the significance of the architecture and history of Menokin and other 18th Century Northern Neck homes.
Mr. Loth’s professional credentials include: Instructor in Architectural Literacy for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art • Member of the Virginia Art and Architectural Review Board • Vice President for the Center of Palladian Studies in America • Member of advisory committees for: Kenmore, Stratford Hall, Gunston Hall, University of Virginia, Battersea, Maryland State House
Return to the Flame or Retreat from the Heat:
The New Wheel Order
Wednesday June 24, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The New Wheel Order is a restoration and expansion of the notion of function in ceramic art. It involves the consideration of optical warmth as well as optical worth and regards function beyond mere utility. It asks the question, “When does meaning occur,” that is to say the actual experience of art. Does this experience happen in the museum, gallery or the kitchen? There is so much careerism masquerading as education that the salient issues of Craft and Creativity are often elided right out of the conversation. The New Wheel Order is akin to Cezanne’s quest for the truth as he said, “Truth lies not in verisimilitude but in how things are.”
VMFA Resident Potter Steven Glass will discuss these ideas and conduct a power point presentation of contemporary ceramic art.
Steven Glass has taught pottery at VMFA and other institutions since 1982. He has conducted pottery residencies in Great Britain and Korea and is a member of the board of the Cub Creek Pottery Foundation.
The Grand Tour: “Spring Break” for the 18th-Century Man
Wednesday July 29, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Grand Tour: “Spring Break” for the 18th-Century Man For most young men, the Grand Tour, a hallmark coming-of-age trip through France and Italy, was a folly, but for others it was a completely different experience. With the ever-popular Neoclassical movement continuing to take hold in Europe, artists like Benjamin West saw the Grand Tour as an opportunity for inspiration. Take a grand tour through the art and culture of this era and see how the classical past came alive again in 18th-century Britain and France. Art Historian Elizabeth Cruickshanks will lead the program.
Elizabeth Cruickshanks earned both an MA in the History of Art & Architecture and a BA in Art History at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Her Master’s work concentrated on the art of 18th-Century Europe. Ms. Cruickshanks worked in the Department of Art & Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for almost five years, and currently serves as a VMFA Statewide Speaker on the Arts.
Face Value: Portraiture in American Art
Wednesday August 26, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Portraiture in American art ranges from folk to classical and from realism to impressionism. Delve into these stylistic variances with a visual exploration of painted portraits of Americans by Americans. Explore works in significant portrait collections across America, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Margaret Hancock holds her M.Ed from the University of Virginia and her B.A. in Art History from Duke University. She owns and operates Margaret Hancock Studio, curating art exhibitions and educational programming for a variety of institutions. Margaret is the former Director of Programs and Curator for the Virginia Center for Architecture. Her resume also includes the Savannah College of Art and Design, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and an internship with the National Gallery of Art.
Friday, March 20, 2015
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING
3:30 – 5:00
(Copies will be available for purchase)
Rappahannock Community College
Auditorium, Room W122
52 Campus Drive, Warsaw, VA
5:00 to 7:00
Mill Pond Road, Warsaw VA
Seating is limited to 100. To ensure a space, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 16, 2015. If you need to cancel your reservation please let us know ASAP so that we may offer your space to another guest.
About The Book
A Tale of Two Plantations, a book the New York Times calls “a substantial achievement,” is the culmination of over 30 years of research and describes the differences between the slave societies in the Caribbean and in North America. Dunn compares the lives of enslaved peoples on two massive plantations—Mount Airy in Warsaw, Virginia, and Mesopotamia in Jamaica—and tracks the slave populations on the two plantations in minute detail. At Mount Airy, Dunn focuses primarily on those slaves owned by John Tayloe III, and then his son, William Henry Tayloe, from about 1809 up to the Civil War. An accompanying web site to the book presents mini-biographies of 351 members of four big Mount Airy slave families, including 141 people listed in the 1870 U.S. census. Mr. Dunn plans to emphasize that part of his research in the talk to our Northern Neck audience.
About the Author
Richard S. Dunn is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his publications are Sugar and Slaves in 1972; The Papers of William Penn, edited with Mary Maples Dunn, in four volumes published in 1981–1987; and The Journal of John Winthrop, edited with Laetitia Yeandle, published in 1996. He also designed the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and was its founding director.
A.T. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Essex Public Library Friends
Essex County Museum and Historical Society
Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society
Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Preservation Society
Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society
Northumberland County Historical Society
Rappahannock Community College
Richmond County Library
Richmond County Museum
Working in less than ideal conditions this week, these Menokin Project Team members have spent the last four days outside in the cold and wind (note the attractive head wear) to add some urgently needed bracing to the remaining walls of Menokin’s office dependency..
In addition, the metric survey of the entire structure, required by the architects and engineers on the project, is underway, as well as updating the evaluations on the conditions of the stone and the framing.
Meet the people who are doing the work and look for updates as the project continues.
National Register of Historic Places, and on State and City registered landmarks across the USA including a ruined plantation house, iconic 20th century Modern masterpieces, replica Ming dynasty Chinese pavilions, museums and downtown skyscrapers.
Ward Bucher, ENCORE architects
developing spaces people love. Author of the Dictionary of Building Preservation.
Specialties: Historic Preservation – Restoration, historic tax credits, Nat. Register nominations
Sustainable buildings – Green, LEED, geothermal, low-flow, etc.
Commercial base buildings – office architecture and retail architecture
Nonprofit institutional – offices, gyms, cafeterias, shelters, classrooms, etc.
Interiors – board rooms, offices, stores, lobbies, residential, historic
High-end custom homes
Patrick Handler, Oak Grove Restoration
Restoration Company has evolved from a high-quality woodworking shop into a full-service general contracting and consulting company specializing in historic preservation and the careful conservation of irreplaceable historic architectural fabric. Our diverse client base includes state and local governments, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, private homeowners, historic sites, and house museums.
Bill Mowatt, The Downland Partnership
The Downland Partnership offers unrivaled experience, quality and value for money throughout a wide range of measured survey products.
Their technologies include high definition laser-scanning, the latest in Leica total station technology and photogrammetry.
The Downland Partnership offers a wide range of products from simple site surveys to complex and detailed record surveys of historic buildings, intelligent BIM models and 3d spatial data of oil and gas installations. They also operate an experienced and successful resource carrying out surveys on the railways and undertaking high precision monitoring.
Menokin was visited last May by Kurt Repanshek of the National Parks Traveler, Suzanne Copping of the National Park Service and Richard Moncure of Friends of the Rappahannock.
Their mission – paddle along Cat Point Creek and Menokin Bay from Menokin Landing and hopefully find the experience worthy of including in the 2015 Essential Guide to Paddling The Parks.
Accompanied by Alice French, Menokin’s Intrepid Education and Outreach Coordinator and Bri Basile, summer intern, they determined that it is worthy and they have included a beautiful article about our site and our project in this year’s publication.
Improvements on Menokin’s road, thanks to a generous grant from the National Parks Service Chesapeake Gateways Program, to Cat Point Creek will begin in March and hopefully will be ready in time for prime paddling.
A spirited sibling squabble will highlight The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society’s annual commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at historic Yeocomico Church near Kinsale in Westmoreland County.
The famous resolutions were the first protest of “taxation without representation” and were directed to the British monarchy. The document was a forerunner of the Declaration of Independence ten years later.
This year’s observance will feature interpreters portraying the disparate brothers Philip Ludwell Lee and Richard Henry Lee and their outspoken sister Hannah Lee Corbin — all of whom would have attended Yeocomico Church.
Richard Henry (1732-1794) was the author of the Leedstown Resolutions. Prior to their signing, he burned effigies of British tax officials at the Westmoreland courthouse. Ten years later, he introduced the bill that became the Declaration of Independence.
Richard Henry’s oldest brother Philip (1727-1775) was no fan of insurrection. He was more interested in the profits from his thousands of acres, his race horses and entertaining his friends at Stratford Hall, which he beautifully renovated and expanded.
The Lee brothers’ sister Hannah (1728-1782) was known as an informed and outspoken activist. After her first husband’s death, she lived happily unmarried to another man to avoid losing property left by her first husband. She was a staunch supporter of the Revolution.
There is no known record of a spirited conversation between these three strong-willed Lees, but it could have occurred after a service at Yeocomico Church or at Hannah’s nearby home. (Their peace-making brother, Francis Lightfoot Lee, would probably have been trying to mediate his hot-tempered siblings!)
Come hear what they might have said about the embers that led to a new country forged in the fire of Revolution.
Yeocomico Church is located at 1283 Old Yeocomico Rd. Kinsale, VA 22488. To reach Yeocomico Church from Cople Highway (Rt. 202) at Carmel Church, take Sandy Point Road (Rt. 604) about two miles north. Turn left on Old Yeocomico Road (Rt. 606) and go a mile to the church. For additional information, contact Steve Walker at 804-472-3291 or email@example.com.
Most days are special around here. I’m not just saying that. We get really interesting visitors – of both the human and the wildlife variety. Our work is exciting and fresh and full of potential. And we laugh a lot.
But some days bring a little something extra, and when they do I am compelled to share.
Last week is was Rebecca Ward. Becca’s first grade class had an assignment to send out their “flat” selves to relatives to gather a travelogue of images. You know, Flat Stanley but cuter.
Becca’s Uncle Rob and Aunt Beverly brought Flat Becca to Menokin. They left with these pictures and the newly gained knowledge that Menokin has its own “Becca” (Rebecca Tayloe Lee) to share with their niece.