Shine the Spotlight on Historic Homes – Update Added to end!

27/09/12 12:00 AM

Virginia Executive Mansion
Richmond, Virginia

Governor and First Lady McDonnell Shine the Spotlight on Historic Homes around the Commonwealth of Virginia

Below is the information shared on the Virginia Executive Mansion Facebook Page

RICHMOND – Governor McDonnell has signed a proclamation, recognizing 2013 as the Year of the Virginia Historic Home. The announcement was made today by the Mansion Director, Sarah Scarbrough at the Preservation Virginia annual conference in Leesburg, Virginia.

2013 marks the bicentennial of the Executive Mansion. As they commemorate this historic milestone, the Governor and First Lady will also recognize the importance of the many historic homes around Virginia. Virginia has more than 100 historic homes, most of which are open to the public as museums and historic sites. These homes offer a wealth of cultural, historical, and architectural information and promote an understanding of, as well as an interest in the story of Virginia.The Secretary of Natural Resources, the Department of Historic Resources, and the Virginia Association of Museums have joined together with the Governor and First Lady to make this effort possible. The initiative will include the launching of a Virginia historic homes tourism website, which will be live on October 4 and a new historic homes edition of the Time Travelers program for Virginians. By highlighting the educational value of these homes and promoting tourism to the sites, the Governor and First Lady intend to ensure their vitality and enhance their value as Virginia cultural assets.More information on the Year of the Virginia Historic Home will be posted on the Executive Mansion’s website on October 4th.
Yesterday, Brett sent an email to the Maureen McDonnell, First Lady of Virginia, about this program. Mrs. McDonnell has spent a lot of time focusing on tourism in Virginia. Brett was seeking information on how to get involved with the program. Today we received an reply from her! She has put us in touch with the programs director!
How wonderful that this program is happening the year we open our historic plantation! Being the birthplace of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, wouldn’t it be something if we are profiled on his birthday, March 16th? That is the date we are also hoping to open our doors too! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better thing to happen!
We got word today from the Virginia Executive Mansion….
We are going to be included!
More details to come!

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 43 Comments »

43 Comments on “Shine the Spotlight on Historic Homes – Update Added to end!”

  1. Clanmother Says:

    It would be fantastic!!!!

  2. Keep your fingers crossed!

  3. terry1954 Says:

    that would be so truly awesome!!!!!!! let’s keep our eyes and fingers crossed!!!!!

  4. Okay, I can’t be held accountable for accidents from eyes being crossed!! Thank you for the support!

  5. terry1954 Says:

    u make me laugh, but just know, i look for your blog daily and i am so addicted to it!!!

  6. Well, I will try to post a little something each day, if I’m not out shopping for the house πŸ˜‰

  7. Angeline M Says:

    How auspicious! Perfect! It will happen!

  8. We got word today that we are going to included in the celebration!! We don’t have all the details yet but we are so excited!

  9. maureenc Says:

    Way to go! Best wishes

  10. Thank you! Got word today, we are going to be included!

  11. Very nicely done. I enjoyed my tour and send you my best wishes

  12. Thank you so much! We are so excited, we are going to be included!

  13. vanbraman Says:

    This is coming at a great time for you. I hope that they do profile it on Madison’s birthday. I am sure you can also get a few news sources to cover it that day as well.

  14. Thank you! We got word today we are going to be included! We don’t have the details yet, but we have our fingers crossed! I can see this being a great spring board to opening the doors!!

  15. Hope it happens! That would be the greatest!

  16. We got word today, YES! We are going to be included!

  17. Lisa at fLVE Says:

    That would be wonderful! πŸ™‚

  18. Thank you! We got the word today, YES we are going to be included!

  19. Sarah Says:

    That would just be perfect timing for you – hope it happens!

  20. Thank you! We got the word, YES we are going to be included!! We are so excited! We just need to wait for the details.

  21. Yes! What an excellent opportunity. I love the concept of the “Year of the Virginia Historic Home” πŸ™‚

  22. Well, we got word today, YES! We are going to be included! We just need to get the details.

  23. Super! I knew the manor house would be perfect for it!

  24. πŸ™‚

  25. hideaheart Says:

    When next I visit Virginia, I will be visiting Belle Grove Plantation!

  26. Thank you so much! We can’t wait to see you at the plantation!

  27. Virginia has a veritable wealth of historic homes, each so beautiful and of such historical significance. I do hope Belle Grove is featured! I look forward to the grand opening.

  28. We got word today, YES!!

  29. julespaige Says:

    hmmm. Opening in March. Great! Looking forward to your info about lodging. Missed a wedding anniversary, just might look into a birthday weekend… gotta start saving my pennies!

  30. Aw I’m sorry! But there is always next years anniversary! Our anniversary is in October so we have to wait a whole year too! How many years?

  31. Amy Says:

    That would be so wonderful!

  32. We got word today… YES!! We are so excited!

  33. WOO HOO – wonderful news!

  34. I agree πŸ™‚

  35. Old plantations are just beautiful. Reminds me of the Haunted Mansion…very nice looking place.

  36. Thank you! We love old homes and this place had so much charm! And it isn’t really scare at all! πŸ˜‰ Hope to see you at the plantation someday!

  37. Jane Sadek Says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! You guys are textbooks examples of successful entrepreneurs!

  38. Well, we aren’t completely there just yet, but we are making some head way! πŸ˜‰

  39. Congratulations! That is great news!

  40. Thank you! We are so honored to be apart of it!

  41. Andrea Kelly Says:


  42. Thank you so much!

  43. colmel Says:

    Reblogged this on Colmel's Blog and commented:
    I have been following, with GREAT interest, this wonderful Historic Home – soon to be a B&B in Virgnia. I think you will enjoy reading about it, too!