Winter 2021 TVHS observer

Think Fireside warmth and cocoa.
Welcome to the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society (TVHS) Winter Newsletter
for 2021. The Board sends a “Thank You” for your incredible support, our
members are important to us. TVHS will continue to utilize Zoom for our Program lectures through May due to Covid concerns. Watch for more information as decisions (continue Zoom or in-person) are made for the Fall 2021 programs.

In this newsletter, we are proud to “take off our hats” in recognizing an
extraordinary member of the Board Dr. Carl Lounsbury. Many of you have
attended one of Carl’s stellar lectures and/or joined him on one of his remarkable, private tours. Take a moment to read about the many accomplishments Carl has reached. Our historic community remains richer with Carl actively involved.

The TVHS Board would like to thank Carol Boozer for her outstanding work as
Membership Director. Carol, you were always there for TVHS, a big “Thank You”
and a job well done. Janie Moyers will be our interim Membership person. Janie, we appreciate you stepping up to be a member of our team. Janie will be emailing to members our Quarterly Newsletter in mid-February and our future program announcements.

Welcome to Gloria Nelson, our new Program Director. Gloria is extremely
experienced for finding respected and knowledgeable speakers and is noted for
delightful bus trips with various organizations. Members, please let us know ( if you or
someone you know could assist with maintaining our website pages.

The Board continues to focus on providing our members a stimulating year ahead. Your positive feedback has been encouraging.

In Gratitude,
Sharon Short

Gloria Nelson
Please watch for our emailed Program announcement regarding the March 2021
TVHS lecture. We will also announce on our website,, once details are

Fred Siegel – Results of Strategic Planning Committee Survey of Members
On January 4th Fred emailed a survey to the Membership regarding interest in
our Zoom lectures, requesting input for programs, and validating lecture day of
month and times of lectures. The results will be reviewed for future Programs.
 The Committee is currently reviewing the 23 responses and will adjust our
planning accordingly.  A summary of the tabulation of the submitted responses is
provided below.

Responses to questions:
1 Are you interested in participating in TVHS “Zoom” lectures? Yes 23 No 0
2 How long should these lectures be? Over 90% responded with 60 minutes (45
min. for Presentation…15 min for Questions.)
3 Which day and time are most convenient for your schedule? 80% thought our
Sunday schedule worked for them. The majority thought 2:00-3:00 pm worked
4 How often should we offer lectures?  Bi-Monthly 10 Quarterly 13
5 Are there specific areas of interest you would like us to concentrate on for the
Feedback received on areas of interest include:
 Genealogy – have Quaker relatives, but no information on them
(comment – enjoyed all programs so far)
 Genealogy – suggest when visiting a historic site to provide information on the availability of historic records
 Early Colonial Period:  Industries supplied by early plantations (histories of early plantations); History of early oyster and crabbing industries (communities that evolved as a result), wars between VA and MD;  Overview of small, local museums dedicated to any of the above topics
 Stories of people associated with the historic places, their real interactions within their time and place  
 Architect of private buildings and archeology
 Eighteenth-Century
 Williamsburg history beyond the colonial period
 Archaeology – Newly discovered American history items

Highlighting Dr. Carl Lounsbury

Carl Lounsbury has served on the board of the Tidewater
Historical Society since 2017, where he has lectured and led tours
of historic sites in the region for the organization. He retired as the Senior
Architectural Historian in the Architectural and Archaeological Research
Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 2016. Over a 35 year
career at Colonial Williamsburg, he researched English and colonial American
public buildings, churches, meeting houses, and theatres; and the terminology,
practice, and technology of preindustrial building. He was involved in the
restoration of many buildings in Williamsburg’s Historic Area
including the courthouse and the market house. Since 2002, Lounsbury has taught courses in British and early American architectural history and a summer field school at William & Mary. In addition, Lounsbury remains an active consultant in architectural research and preservation. He is the co-editor of Buildings and Landscapes, the journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Lounsbury earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MA and Ph.D. from George Washington
University. In addition to William and Mary, he has taught at the University of
Mary Washington, VCU, and the University of Virginia.

His publications include Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Buildings, An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape, The Courthouses of Early Virginia, From Statehouse to Courthouse: An Architectural History of South Carolina’s Colonial Capitol and the Charleston County Courthouse, An Architectural History of Bruton Parish Church (2011), and Essays in Early American Architectural History: A View from the Chesapeake. He is the co-author and a contributor to The Chesapeake House: Architectural Investigation by Colonial Williamsburg, (2013). His revision of
Before and After, the popular history of the restoration of Williamsburg was published in 2019 under the title Restoring Williamsburg. His latest book, The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of Chesapeake History will be published this fall and is a study of the architecture, objects, and garden of
an eighteenth-century plantation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that has remained in the same family for ten generations.

Roslyn Farm 1811-1899

Here at rest lies the remains of the Marston family members
and the other individuals who lived, worked, and died
on this historic farmstead property known as Roslyn
during the early 19th century. This cemetery is
dedicated to the memory of them and the many other
people who helped to tame the Virginia wilderness and create a prosperous new country.

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