Goodbye – Friends of Shepherdstown Riverfront Disbanded

The Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront has disbanded as of Spring 2015.  Much has been accomplished at the Mecklenberg Warehouse to stabilize and restore the building.  The Corporation of Shepherdstown can now take the next steps to continue the upgrades and to find a suitable use for the building.

This website will no longer be updated or monitored.  Historic materials concerning the Warehouse have been transferred to the Historic Shepherdstown Commission. Many people deserve credit for the work that has been accomplished at the Warehouse including:   Jim and Ann Ludwig, Diana Suttenfield, Shep Scott, Richard Jentsch, Fran Cox, Davitt McAteer, Dale Walter, Bob Reynolds, Keith Alexander, Tom Conant, Mina Goodrich, Tyra Guyton, Meredith Wait, Linda Shea, Eddie Sampson, Alan Levitan, Amanda Whitmore, Steve Ayraud, Corporation of Shepherdstown staff and the many Shepherdstown area residents who donated money to the restoration of the building.

Tank/Piping Removal Work Complete!

The tank and piping removal work at the Warehouse is complete and a new floor has been installed.  Photo below also shows prototype kayak racks in place.

For additional photos see the Warehouse Renovation Gallery.

 

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Steel Tank and Piping Removal Underway

Work to prepare Shepherdstown’s historic Tobacco Warehouse for adoptive re-use continued in August, 2014 as Conservit, Inc. donated its labor to remove steel tanks, pumps, and valves from the warehouse.  This was an important step in efforts to make the warehouse available as a paddle boat storage facility in 2014.
The photo shows Billy Grove from the Corporation of Shepherdstown with Conservit employees working on the project on August 6, 2014.
For more photos see the Warehouse Renovation Gallery.
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Historic Waterworks Report Available

FOSR member Tyra Guyton has completed the report of the waterworks operations at the warehouse from the 1920’s thru the 1970’s. The report includes photos of the equipment and excerpts from interviews with former employees at the facility.  The report can be downloaded here.

Warehouse Open House May 18, 2013

The Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront are having an open house at the historic Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse on Saturday May 18, 2013.  The building is located on the banks of the Potomac River at the north end of Princess Street in Shepherdstown.  Several preservation projects have recently been completed at the warehouse and this is a rare opportunity to see inside the building.  Docents will be available 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM to discuss the many uses the building has had through the years.

New video of the warehouse

New video of the warehouse posted.  Circa 2007 courtesy of Clai Lashley.

Important Board Meeting Friday 3/22/13 7:00PM – Open to All

On Friday, March 22, at 7:00 PM in the conference room at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, we will have a board meeting to discuss next steps for the warehouse and for the organization. Most critically, we need to discuss strategies for recruiting a board president and new board members.  Any potential new members are encouraged to attend.

Support the Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront at Town Council Meeting 3/12/13

Keith Alexander will be making a presentation about FOSR’s activities and plans to the Shepherdstown Town Council Tuesday March 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm.  Please attend this meeting to provide support.  The meeting will be held at the Shepherdstown Town Hall.

2012 Warehouse Projects Cap a Decade of Progress

2012 was another busy year of improvement projects at the Warehouse.  In conjunction with the 10 year anniversary of the start of preservation efforts at the building, FOSR has published a list of Completed Preservation Projects.  The list can be found here.

December 2012 – Foundation Work Complete

Foundation drainage work is complete at the Warehouse.  To improve foundation drainage, work has proceeded to: 1) Excavate along the north and west sides of the building. 2) Repoint deteriorated mortar in the stone foundation. 3) Fill openings in the foundation created by previous waterworks operations. 4) Install french drain pipes. 5) Backfill with drain rock.  FOSR members Bob Reynolds and Steve Ayraud installed much of the drain pipe.  The Shepherdstown Water Department removed abandoned pipes and debris.

For additional photos of the work see the Warehouse Renovation Gallery.