Clermont Press Releases (Click the title to open the document)


Outdoor Sculpture Introduces Clermont Forum II April 12-May 31

A monumental “gateway ruin” sculpture on the Rt. 7 front of the farm introduces the Clermont Forum II: Interpreting Clermont’s History Through Art scheduled for April 12-May 31, a site-specific installation of work by twelve contemporary artists organized by The Rotating History Project of Baltimore.
Press release, The Clermont Foundation


Community Agricultural Partnership Helps High School Ag Students Raise Pigs

The Clermont Foundation, the Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources (VDHR), the ClarkeCounty (VA) Public Schools, and the Clarke County Farm Bureau, using 18th century Clermont Farm as a lab school, are helping high school ag students learn to business plan, raise, and market two varieties of heritage pigs, as well as to research their comparative growth.
Winchester Star article by Val Van Meter, photos by Ginger Perry, courtesy The Winchester Star.


Two Special Events Added to Farm Day 2013, in Research and Interpretation

Farm Day will also feature the initial planting of an agricultural research program in silvo-pasture (systematic use of trees in pastures to improve soil, water and animal
quality), and work will begin on a monumental sculpture made of hay bales and wood to advertise the Spring 2014 Clermont Forum II, interpreting the site’s history through
contemporary site-specific art and installations.
Press release, The Clermont Foundation

Annual Clermont Farm Day Has Special Emphasis on Civil War

The annual public open day at Clermont Farm on Oct. 5, besides its hay-wagon farm and historic building tours (VDHR Regional Director David Edwards), food, live music, and craft vendors, offers a special look this year at 150 years ago in a presentation by Kenneth Koons, VMI Professor of History, on “Farm Life Under War-Time Conditions
in 1863”, on hay-bale seating in the Barn.
Press release, The Clermont Foundation

Five Year Study Sets Up Clermont Preservation

Article describing the purposes and content of the recently completed Historic Structure Report and the 13-member team which conducted the research under Maral Kalbian, Architectural Historian.
Winchester Star article by Val Van Meter, photos by Scott Mason, courtesy The Winchester Star

Clermont Completes Five-Year Historic Structure Report Study; Makes Discoveries

The Clermont Foundation has completed an Historic Structure Report on its 18th and 19th century buildings at Clermont Farm (owned by VDHR), detailing their social and
economic history as well as architectural evolution, including the most extensive use of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating analysis) of any building study in Virginia.
Press release, The Clermont Foundation

Romantic Notions Over Shoe

Opening a closet walled-up for almost 220 years reveals an 18th century shoe with both a family and a folkloric history.
Winchester Star article, by Val Van Meter, photos by Jeff Taylor, courtesy The Winchester Star

Huge Historic Tub Mill Artifact Arrives at Clermont

One of the largest wooden artifacts ever excavated in Virginia, the Woolf’s Mill Tub Mill, the power train of a 19th century grist mill, is now at Clermont Farm; it is also
unique in being the only horizontal water wheel (or tub mill) excavated in the state.
Press release, The Clermont Foundation

Josephine City, A Beacon of Hope; Clermont Hosts Reception for Historian

The Clermont Foundation hosted a reception for Kyle Ainsworth on the acceptance of his master’s thesis (“Restoration, Resistance, and Reconstruction; Liberty at Last in Clarke County, Virginia 1865-1879”) regarding a large free black community founded in 1870 on Clermont Farm land and its relationship to Reconstruction and the re-establishment of white supremacy in Clarke County.
Winchester Star article, by Joel Danoy, photos by Jeff Taylor, courtesy The Winchester Star

Setting A Fire To Create A Better Future

To prepare the borders of Dog Run, which crosses Clermont Farm and is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, for the creation of a 100 foot-wide Conservation Reserve to exclude cattle, parts of it needed to be burned to re-establish native wildlife habitat as part of a “best agricultural and environmental practices” program at Clermont.
Winchester Star article, by Val Van Meter, photos by Scott Mason, courtesy The Winchester Star

We have also included a document entitled, ‘Clermont Media Background Material‘ to help our colleagues in the media to know more about Clermont’s history and mission.