May is National Preservation Month! Preservation organizations around the country will be hosting activities ranging from walking tours to awards ceremonies to hands-on volunteer projects. Adventures in Preservation (AiP), a non-profit that coordinates historic preservation-based volunteer vacations around the world, invites you to celebrate by joining their “Glazing at the Gas Station” project in Gloucester, Virginia, May 22-28, 2011.
The project, near historic Colonial Williamsburg, is part of the Fairfield Foundation’s plan to restore the 1930 Edge Hill Service Station, a rare original Denver-style Texaco station. The non-profit archaeological research, preservation and educational organization purchased the building in 2010 and, after restoration, will use it as office space and a preservation outreach center.
Local volunteer teams have already cleared out the building and given it a cheerful coat of paint in its original white and green color scheme. In May, volunteers from near and far will begin restoring the station’s many windows. They will learn in-situ window restoration techniques under the guidance of Phil Mark, Director of Preservation, Stratford Hall. In addition, Dylan Eastman, LEED AP of Courthouse Construction, Inc., and a member of the James River Green Building Council, will lead the group in a discussion of approaches to energy efficiency upgrades for historic buildings.
There is still space available on this great adventure in preservation. Out-of-town volunteers pay a fee that covers lodging, lunches, insurance and instruction; the standard fee is $1,500. Various packages are available for those who do not need lodging, or wish to upgrade their lodging. Community volunteers are asked to pay a $300 fee that covers lunches, insurance, and instruction.
All volunteers are invited to extend their stay in Gloucester through Memorial Day weekend and explore the history of the region. AiP has arranged for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Colonial Williamsburg, located about forty-five minutes from Gloucester, on Saturday, May 28. See www.adventuresinpreservation.org for details about this unique way to celebrate Preservation Month.
Adventures in Preservation, a non-profit organization, has supported community-based heritage preservation projects since 2002. Its volunteer vacations provide meaningful opportunities to travel, learn historic preservation skills, restore buildings, and renew communities. Learn how AiP harnesses the power of volunteers and the strengths of local communities to make a difference at www.adventuresinpreservation.org.
The Fairfield Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to archaeological and historical research, public education and preservation in Gloucester Country. Centered at the 17th- and 18th-century plantation and ancestral home of the Burwell family, Fairfield, the foundation contributes to knowledge of plantation life and supports the preservation of historic resources within the region. Learn more at www.fairfieldfoundation.org.