Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Waterford Foundation Inc

  • Waterford, VA
  • www.waterfordfoundation.org

Mission Statement

To preserve the historic buildings and open spaces of the National Historic Landmark District of Waterford, Virginia, and through education, to increase the public's knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

Main Programs

  1. Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit
  2. Stewardship of Landmark Historic Properties
  3. Second Street School Living History Program
  4. Waterford Concert Series
  5. Phillips Farm Stewardship & Education
Service Areas

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Virginia

Metropolitan Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Mid-Atlantic

ruling year

1944

Principal Officer since 2012

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Mr. Kenneth W. Rosenfeld

Keywords

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Historic preservation, education, cultural heritage, American history, Quaker, African-American, American rural heritage

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EIN

54-0755457

 Number

8428510535

Physical Address

40222 Fairfax Street

Waterford, VA 20197 0142

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have purchased and preserved more than 20 historic buildings and 200+ acres of open space in the National Historic Landmark and are actively involved in the local, regional, and national preservation advocacy. Our Second Street Living History program has served more than 30,000 elementary school students since 1984, our Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit brings 20,000+ visitors to Waterford every October to learn and enjoy life in a 19th century rural village, and our work as one of the first grassroots historic preservation organizations serves as a model for preservationists nationwide.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit

Since 1943, the award-winning Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit has attracted thousands visitors to the National Historic Landmark District for a weekend of history, education, and fun. More than 150 artisans, many of national recognition, demonstrate techniques of traditional craftsmanshispacious Victorian homes, simple Quaker buildings and small log structures are opened. A Revolutionary War militia camps in town, the fife and drum corps marches through the narrow streets, Civil War soldiers reenact a past battle, and there is music everywhere. This is the Waterford Foundation's premier annual educational and fundraising event.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Stewardship of Landmark Historic Properties

The Waterford Foundation preserves and protects 11 historic buildings and 3 open spaces, including 2 schools, a mill, several barns, a corner store, a tin shop, a chair factory/hardware store, a forge, a church, a jail, a village green, a meadow, and a 144-acre historic farm and mill race. These properties were all purchased to avoid demolition, deterioration, or development and to protect them through easement as integral parts of the Waterford National Historic Landmark. As historic buildings and lands they require much of the Foundation's annual budget to restore and maintain them.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$184,577.00

Program 3

Second Street School Living History Program

Since 1984, third- and fourth-grade students from Loudoun County and neighboring areas have been recreating a school day in 1880 by taking on the roles of the African-American children who actually attended the one-room school at that time. The program, developed with the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities, fosters an appreciation of the opportunities and limitations faced by black children in a segregated one-room school. Recitation, seat work with slates and copy books, memory exercises, and a spelling bee are part of the two-hour school “day.” Waterford Foundation volunteers take on the identities of the teacher, Miss Aura Nickens, and her assistant, Miss Lizzie Simms. The program reaches some 1,500 young scholars during a five-week fall session and a nine-week spring term.
Through ’s interactive video, web visitors can now experience life as a student in Waterford in 1880 online! Join a class of contemporary fourth-grade students from Loudoun County as they enter the Second Street School, preserved in Waterford as it was in 1880. Explore the classroom to see how a student would learn, play, read, write, and even be punished in 1880.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$30,106.00

Program 4

Waterford Concert Series

Since 1994, the Waterford Concert Series has presented classical music of the highest caliber and attracted an audience of music lovers in Loudoun County. Keeping standards high for its 15th season, the 2009 Waterford Concert Series has presented opera, an accomplished violin and piano duo, young music competition winners, a sizzling brass quintet, and one of the finest choral ensembles in the region. For many years one of the most popular concerts in the series has been the Next Generation Concert which features young competition winners (elementary, middle school, and high school students) from the Levine School of Music. Loudoun County’s music students are invited to attend free of charge when accompanied by an adult. This concert introduces young County residents to the lifelong beauty of classical music and provides models of what they might achieve.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$36,574.00

Program 5

Phillips Farm Stewardship & Education

The opportunities on the Foundation’s Phillips Farm to further understanding of our region’s agrarian past are numerous and fascinating. Protection of the site’s natural resources and agricultural use of the Farm are requirements of the conservation easement. Much of the Farm is leased to a local farmer for haymaking.In 2008 the Waterford Foundation released a Management and Land Use Plan(http://www.waterfordfoundation.org/images/articles/phillips-farm-plan-final-8-09.pdf) carefully developed over a two-year period to ensure responsible stewardship of the Farm in accordance with the requirements of the conservation easement. Protection of the site’s natural resources and support of agricultural uses of the Farm, key requirements of the easement, are highlighted. So is its historic significance to the area. The plan also contains directions to the Farm, an Access Policy, and Rules of the Trail for visitors. A copy of the complete plan is available upon request from the Foundation office.
 

One educational goal for the Farm is the promotion of habitat restoration and water quality. In collaboration with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, a demonstration project on the South Fork of the Catoctin Creek began in spring 2008, and volunteers continue to return to the Farm several times each year. The project consists of planting a riparian buffer to protect the environmentally fragile Catoctin Creek watershed, as well as an effort to control invasive plant species on the Farm (such as multiflora rose and tree of heaven). Water quality monitoring is another part of the effort. Bird and butterfly counts and guided nature walks have added to the property’s public outreach programs.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$12,195.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Metropolitan Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Mid-Atlantic

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Funding Needs

$400,000 to repay debt incurred in restoration of the Waterford Old School and building of new auditorium facility, destroyed by fire in 2007, and its transformation into the Waterford Educational and Cultural Heritage Center for our region.$200,000 to continue restoration and maintenance of the Foundation's other properties and open spaces per year.$150,000 annually to support our educational and outreach programs.$20,000 annually to underwrite the 4-5 classical concerts of the Waterford Concert Series </div>

Affiliations + Memberships

National Trust For Historic Preservation

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Mr. Kenneth W. Rosenfeld

BIO

Ken Rosenfeld brings fifteen years of partnership development, community relations, and program administration to the Waterford Foundation, as well as the political experience he gained as chief of staff for a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors earlier in his career.   He worked most recently with the National League of Cities, the nonpartisan association that represents the nation’s 19,000 cities and towns. He served as the policy director, overseeing the federal policy development process for all issues, and subsequently founded the sustainability program in NLC’s Center for Research and Innovation. Prior to the League, Ken was the national advocacy director at the nonprofit Rails- to-Trails Conservancy. His very first job was as a guide and supervisor at Monticello. He holds an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Waterford is a place in which you can step back in time, and the Foundation is tirelessly working to preserve the early American village of Waterford—uniquely protected as a National Historic Landmark and a Preserve America Community. Of course, it’s also an active place, where programming includes the annual Fair, school programs, classical concert series, tours, lectures, and much more. This past spring we celebrated a milestone achievement in the reopening of the historic Old School and its beautifully reconstructed auditorium. In 2013, the Foundation will celebrate its 70th anniversary, commemorating one of the oldest historic preservation organizations in America. But true to the spirit of Waterford, we’re not just looking back. We’re looking toward the future and planning new programs and opportunities to experience the treasured buildings and landscapes of Waterford. The historic structures, the protected view sheds, the extraordinary people—it all combines to make Waterford not only the pride of our corner of Virginia, but truly a national treasure. Waterford is a special place and it’s truly a privilege to be able to contribute to the Foundation’s long record of success.The economy has proven to be a challenge for us all. We are an organization fortunate to have a solid history of self-reliance and grassroots support. But we are not immune to the tough, philanthropic decisions our traditional sources of giving are facing. To each of you, we extend our heartfelt thanks for the support you continue to provide us.Ken Rosenfeld, Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Walter Music

CertaPro Painting of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, Va.

Term: Apr 2012 - Apr 2014

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