The Historic Greenfield Preservation Advisory Council has announced one of its first projects in the restoration and preservation of the three 19th century buildings that are on the site. This project will need the public’s help in order to continue fulfilling the goals set for the preservation area.
Botetourt’s Historic Greenfield is a 29.6-acre site located at the eastern edge of the 18th century plantation of Col. William Preston (1729-1783). The preservation site includes three rare antebellum log structures, two of which were part of the enslaved community at Greenfield. In the surrounding area there are archaeological sites containing evidence of early Native American settlements dating as far back as 8,000 B.C. The area also includes two historically significant cemeteries in addition to the slave cemetery.
The Advisory Council has partnered with Polar Engraving to bring high-quality bricks that can be engraved with family names, a business name, the name of an organization, in honor of, or in memory of. These bricks will be available in two sizes. The 4″ x 8″ brick will be available for a donation of $150, and the 8″ x 8″ brick will be for a $300 donation. These bricks will be displayed in the form of a patio and walkways throughout the preservation area and will host benches that are being donated by area organizations.
Donations to Historic Greenfield are administered by the Botetourt County Treasurer’s Office and may be deductible on federal and Virginia taxes. Forms to order a brick or bricks can be obtained through the Botetourt County Administration Office at (540) 928-2006 or by email to HistoricGreenfield@botetourtva.gov.
The mission of Historic Greenfield is to share with the public an important part of America’s enduring story through interpretive events, student field trips and public programs among others at Historic Greenfield during the coming months.