WATERFORD FOUNDATION INC

Waterford, VA   |  www.waterfordfoundation.org

Mission

To preserve the historic buildings and open spaces of the National Historic Landmark District of Waterford, Virginia, and through education, to increase the public's knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

Ruling year info

1944

Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie C. Thompson

Main address

PO Box 142

Waterford, VA 20197 USA

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EIN

54-0755457

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Our programs

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Waterford Fair

Since 1943, the award-winning Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit has attracted thousands visitors to the National Historic Landmark District for a weekend of history, education, and fun. More than 150 artisans, many of national recognition, demonstrate techniques of traditional craftsmanshispacious Victorian homes, simple Quaker buildings and small log structures are opened. A Revolutionary War militia camps in town, the fife and drum corps marches through the narrow streets, Civil War soldiers reenact a past battle, and there is music everywhere. This is the Waterford Foundation's premier annual educational and fundraising event.

Population(s) Served

The Waterford Foundation preserves and protects 11 historic buildings and 3 open spaces, including 2 schools, a mill, several barns, a corner store, a tin shop, a chair factory/hardware store, a forge, a church, a jail, a village green, a meadow, and a 144-acre historic farm and mill race. These properties were all purchased to avoid demolition, deterioration, or development and to protect them through easement as integral parts of the Waterford National Historic Landmark. As historic buildings and lands they require much of the Foundation's annual budget to restore and maintain them.

Population(s) Served

Since 1984, third- and fourth-grade students from Loudoun County and neighboring areas have been recreating a school day in 1880 by taking on the roles of the African-American children who actually attended the one-room school at that time. The program, developed with the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities, fosters an appreciation of the opportunities and limitations faced by black children in a segregated one-room school. Recitation, seat work with slates and copy books, memory exercises, and a spelling bee are part of the two-hour school "day.” Waterford Foundation volunteers take on the identities of the teacher, Miss Aura Nickens, and her assistant, Miss Lizzie Simms. The program reaches some 1,500 young scholars during a five-week fall session and a nine-week spring term.
Through ’s interactive video, web visitors can now experience life as a student in Waterford in 1880 online! Join a class of contemporary fourth-grade students from Loudoun County as they enter the Second Street School, preserved in Waterford as it was in 1880. Explore the classroom to see how a student would learn, play, read, write, and even be punished in 1880.

Population(s) Served

The opportunities on the Foundation’s Phillips Farm to further understanding of our region’s agrarian past are numerous and fascinating. Protection of the site’s natural resources and agricultural use of the Farm are requirements of the conservation easement. Much of the Farm is leased to a local farmer for haymaking.In 2008 the Waterford Foundation released a Management and Land Use Plan(http://www.waterfordfoundation.org/images/articles/phillips-farm-plan-final-8-09.pdf) carefully developed over a two-year period to ensure responsible stewardship of the Farm in accordance with the requirements of the conservation easement. Protection of the site’s natural resources and support of agricultural uses of the Farm, key requirements of the easement, are highlighted. So is its historic significance to the area. The plan also contains directions to the Farm, an Access Policy, and Rules of the Trail for visitors. A copy of the complete plan is available upon request from the Foundation office.
 

One educational goal for the Farm is the promotion of habitat restoration and water quality. In collaboration with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, a demonstration project on the South Fork of the Catoctin Creek began in spring 2008, and volunteers continue to return to the Farm several times each year. The project consists of planting a riparian buffer to protect the environmentally fragile Catoctin Creek watershed, as well as an effort to control invasive plant species on the Farm (such as multiflora rose and tree of heaven). Water quality monitoring is another part of the effort. Bird and butterfly counts and guided nature walks have added to the property’s public outreach programs.

Population(s) Served

The Waterford Craft School seeks to teach and preserve traditional methods used in craft and building arts, enabling students to learn make by hand skills by offering classes to the public taught by experts in each field. Classes vary each session and include topics such as quilting, weaving, furniture-making, and basket weaving.
Classes in building arts are available. which focus on traditional construction methods for building restoration.
Course material is designed for students ages 18 and up. Classes are held in the Waterford National Historic Landmark in or around Waterford Foundation buildings.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

National Historic Landmark District 1970

U.S. Department of the Interior

Nonprofit of the Year 2011

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

Preserve America Community 2011

U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Affiliations & memberships

National Trust For Historic Preservation 1949

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2006

Financials

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WATERFORD FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Goode

John Caron

federal employee, retired

Joe Goode

consultant

Wendy Roseberry

AOL, retired

Roy Chaudet

EPA

Bill McGuire

pharmaceuticals, retired

Sarah Holway

nonprofit director

Jonathan Daniel

teacher

Ed Lehmann

federal employee, retired

Bonnie Getty

CFO, CWG Consultants

Sarah Holway

teacher

Susanne Hale

Ann Good

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No