Public Meeting for Historic Preservation April 10

Monday, March 25, 2019

​The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission will hold its annual public input meeting on April 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public an update on the Commission's activities and preservation concerns in the city. There will also be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on historic preservation in Virginia Beach.

The featured presentation will be an overview of the recently completed architectural survey update for the northern half of the city by Laura Purvis of Cultural Resource Analysts. The study concentrated on 20th century buildings and neighborhoods, a number of which were identified as potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Another featured presentation will be on the research paper on the 1781 Skirmish at James's Plantation by local historian Christopher Pieczynski. His project received support from the Commission's Research Grant program.

The Commission will recognize the rehabilitation of the William E. Wood farmhouse at 1805 Kempsville Road with the annual Award of Distinction. This early 20th-century building has been adaptively reused as the tasting room for Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co. and the land returned to a farming use.

The Historic Preservation Commission will provide updates from an eventful year of activities, including National Register Historic District designations, several state historical highway marker dedications, successful support for the stabilization project at Cape Henry Lighthouse and improved base access procedures for public access to the lighthouse.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises the City Council on historic resources in the city. Please visit www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation for additional information. Please call (757) 385-8573 for additional information about the April 10 public meeting.

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Photo: Plan of the Skirmish at James's Plantation from Diary of the American War: a Hessian Journal by Johann Ewald. Christopher Pieczynski will discuss his research on the 1781 skirmish at the April 10 Public Meeting.

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