And welcome to Clermont Farm and its history and community. The 360-acre working cattle and sheep farm and its historic landscape and buildings has been owned since 2004 by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) and is dedicated to research and training in history, historic preservation, and agriculture.
The Farm is managed under a partnership agreement with VDHR by The Clermont Foundation, created by Elizabeth Williams, the last private owner of Clermont, at the same time as her gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This website is sponsored and maintained by the Foundation, both as a part of its management obligations to the VDHR to increase accesibility to this amazing resource, and as part of its obligations under the Williams Trust to maximize public benefit within its mission. Since the site is not an historic house museum, and since its active research and training functions, combined with a working farm and tiny staff, preclude regular physical visitation, the website provides an ideal space to share what’s happening at Clermont.
Our colleagues and friends at the Department of Historic Resources are our closest working partners, to whom we are daily grateful for their support. We have other terrific partners in our local community, including the Clarke County Public Schools, Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department, the Clarke County Farm Bureau, and our friends in public history at the Josephine School Community Museum, the Clarke County Historical Association, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, and Long Branch Plantation (read Nick Redding’s blog at http://www.visitlongbranch.org/blog/) .
We are grateful to our university partners at Virginia Tech and James Madison University, as well as to teachers at a variety of post-secondary institutions who bring their students to Clermont. We have wonderful support from professionals such as architectural historian Maral Kalbian, archaeologist Dennis Pogue, dendrochronologist Dan Miles, paint analyst Susan Buck, and the people at Main Street Architecture in Berryville. We look forward to profiling our activities with these and other institutions and individuals.
We hope you will bookmark us and return to check out activities at Clermont. And we hope to see many of you at the opening on April 12 of our second Forum, which this time will offer an interpretation of Clermont’s past through the eyes of contemporary artists.
As Faulkner reminded us: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”