June 2012: Exterior Foundation work

In June 2012 work is underway to excavate the exterior foundation in order to repoint the mortar and to install french drains.

 

May 2012: Eave Repair

May 2012: Len Shaw Masonry Co. completed repairs of deteriorated mortar and missing/broken bricks. Bricks also received a reapplication of whitewash for moisture protection.  See Gallery for Photos of Before and After.

 

Spring 2012: Bamboo Removal at Town Run

Spring 2012: Boy Scouts remove bamboo along Town Run.

March 2012: Access Improvements and Interior Renovations

March 2012: Waterworks floor and misc. scrap metal removed from interior. New door installed in existing opening at the parking area. Access to the floor of the building is now possible!  Clear view of this historic waterworks pump is now possible.

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Annual Board Meeting

The annual Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront Board meeting was held November 11, 2011.  New Board members and officers were elected as follows:

New Board Members:

  • Mark Burkhardt
  • Tyra Guyton
  •  Chris Robinson
  • Amanda Tremba Whitmore
  • Meredith Wait

New Officers:

  • Bob Reynolds        President
  • Keith Alexander    Vice President
  • Mina Goodrich       Secretary
  •  Tony Price              Treasurer

 

Many thanks to outgoing President Dale Walter for her years of service to FOSR.

May 2010: The Spring Newsletter

In this newsletter….

  • Shepherdstown and the Potomac River in the Eighteenth Century
  • Shepherdstown River Gauge Disabled, Shut Down
  • RTCA Works to Protect S By Dane Konop hepherdstown
  • Historic Structure Report, Mecklenburg Warehouse
  • Book Notes: John McPhee’s book “The Founding Fish”

Download the Spring 2010 Newsletter (PDF)

April 2010 Renovations Update for the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse

A new image gallery of the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse  with progress has been loaded. Visit the entire gallery or take a look at a few of the images in the slideshow below:

March 20, 2010 : Historic Structures Report for the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse

By Charles Belfoure, Architect

Shepherdstown is one of the oldest and most historic towns in West Virginia. It has a rich architectural legacy and the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse is one of its most important historic buildings. This historic structures report will be a primary planning document for decision-making about the preservation, rehabilitation and reuse of this unique building. It will provide a summary of information about its history and existing conditions as well as recommendations for its repair and future use. The Corporation of Shepherdstown, professionals, local and state preservationists will have a readily accessible document for working on the building. An historic structures report is written especially for those not familiar with the building.

Historic Structures Report for the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse (PDF)

NPS Partners with Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront on a Riverfront Revitalization Project

Recently, the National Park Service through the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) began work with the Town of Shepherdstown and the Shepherdstown Rotary Club on a Riverfront Revitalization Project.  This community and partner led effort will focus on preserving and protecting Shepherdstown’s significant historic and natural community resources along the riverfront including the Mecklenburg TobaccoWarehouse, Rumsey Monument Park and Cullison Park while also working to provide improved access and infrastructure improvements.  With input from community members, partner groups and Shepherd University three areas of focus will be looked at – the development of an overall plan for the riverfront, finding partners who can assist in this effort and locating sources of funding for the improvements that are needed to carry out the plan.  The RTCA Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects and helps implement the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America. For more information contact …….Chris Niewold NPS RTCA at 202-690-5153.