Claymont Society to Celebrate Preservation Efforts at Holiday Open House
CHARLES TOWN, WV – Come to a Holiday Open House on December 16th at the Claymont Mansion in Charles Town from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Help celebrate the completion of the Save America’s Treasures Grant and the permanent protection of the Claymont property through conservation easement.
Recently, the Washington family property was placed into conservation easement through the American Battlefield Protection Program - a National Park Service program that permanently protects from development Civil War battlefields.
150 years ago, part of the 1864 Battle of Summit Point was fought on the Claymont property, when Confederate forces attacked Union positions around Claymont at the beginning of General Sheridan’s Shenandoah campaign. The Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle and the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board facilitated the conservation process and will monitor the easement. The Washington DC-based Civil War Trust is contributing to the stewardship fund of the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle to insure that money is available to enforce the easement in the future.
Claymont has also completed $300,000 worth of restoration work on the Mansion made possible by the prestigious Save America’s Treasures grant and the generous support of many donors who provided the matching funds to shore up the building’s weatherproofing envelope and structure.
“We invite the community to share in our gratitude and recognize the protection of this important historic and environmental resource,” says Amy Silver, executive director of the Claymont Society.
About the Claymont Society
Founded in 1974, the Claymont Society for Continuous Education is a non-profit educational organization with a mission of providing education and a place of learning and promoting a way of life responsible towards nature.