Historic Preservation

Conserving the Commonwealth: The Early Years of the Environmental Movement in Virginia

By Margaret T. Peters

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Environmentalism and historic preservation have their own histories, and it's the former that's presented in this new book. What were the struggles and who were the heroes of the movement in Virginia? This is the story of how the Old Dominion's state parks, historic easement programs, and environmental foundations came to be in the 20th century.

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Battling for Manassas: The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park

By Joan M. Zenzen

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This is the story of how one American Civil War site has garnered national attention and taught Americans lessons about the future of historic preservation. It covers the earliest moves to create the Manassas Battlefield Park up to the struggle to prevent the Disney site nearby.
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Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Work of the Garden Club of Virginia, 1975-2007

By Margaret Page Bemiss

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"For more than seventy-five years, The Garden Club of Virginia has undertaken garden research and preservation work at numerous historic sites across the Old Dominion, restoring and creating beautiful landscapes for the education and enjoyment of all, from backyard gardeners to design professionals. Historic Virginia Gardens documents in breathtaking fashion this important contribution to the Commonwealth's botanical and architectural heritage. Picking up where an earlier volume, dedicated to the period from 1930 to 1975, left off, this new book brings the Club's work from the period 1975 to 2007 to life through a graceful and informative text by Margaret Page Bemiss, a host of historical and contemporary drawings, extensive native and heritage plant lists, and 125 splendid new color photographs from the award-winning garden photographer Roger Foley."
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Caring for Your Historic House

By Heritage Preservation and the National Park Service

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"Leading preservationists provide expert advice, illustrated with photographs and explanatory line drawings, on every aspect of the subject, including: -- structural systems, roofs, and windows-- masonry, woodwork, plaster, paint, and wallpapers-- mechanical and electrical systems-- kitchens and bathrooms-- landscaping-- fire protection, insurance appraisals, and tax and estate planning-- developing and carrying out a maintenance plan-- identifying appropriate materials and procedures for repair-- determining if professional help is needed, and choosing the best help available."
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Fabrics for Historic Buildings: A Guide to Selecting Reproduction Fabrics

By Jane C. Nylander

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Explains how to choose, buy and install the correct fabrics for historic interiors, including furniture and draperies. Has a unique catalog of more than 600 fabric types and patterns and a chapter on 20th-century fabrics.

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Of Houses & Time: Personal Histories of America's National Trust Properties

By William Seale

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A look at three centuries of life in America through 17 very different houses--all properties of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Includes true tales of the people who built and occupied the homes, creating a highly original and informative book. With a pictorial time-line of the 17 Trust properties. 200 illustrations, including 125 in full color.

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Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation

By Samuel N. Stokes with A. Elizabeth Watson

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What with shopping malls and subdivisions going up all around, the need for this community action guide from the National Trust for Historic Preservation has not abated in the twenty years since its publication.

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Masonry: How to Care for Old and Historic Brick and Stone

By Mark London

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A practical guide to caring for older brick and stone work. Part of Preservation Press' Respectful Rehabilitation series.

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Restoring Kenmore: Resources in the Library and on the Web

From the Central Rappahanock Regional Library

Classic Georgian Style by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill.
A thorough detailing of the landscaping and interior design that defined Georgian style. Includes an overview of the Georgian and Regency periods (1714 to 1830), a glossary, and a design directory of the masters of Georgian style, such as Palladio, Chippendale, and Repton.

Fielding Lewis and the Washington Family: A Chronicle of 18th Century Fredericksburg by Paula S. Felder.
Local historian Paula Felder has researched the Lewis and Washington connections thoroughly and gives an interesting yet scholarly introduction to Kenmore's first family and its more famous relations.

Dictionary of Building Preservation

By Ward Bucher

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Definitions to thousands of architectural terms that are helpful for both the professional and the layman. Includes architectural styles, finishes, structural systems, conservation treatments, and more.

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