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August, 2018

Virginia Parrott
WCHS Trustee Emerita Virginia Parrott (center) is pictured here with her husband and daughter at the 2016 WCHS annual membership meeting.
Virginia Snody Parrott, Fort Ann Historian
(February 15, 1936 - August 24, 2018)

Virginia Parrott was a valued member of the Washington County Historical Society from the 1970's until the present. She served the Society in many capacities: Historic Sites and Markers and Genealogy Committees, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Trustee, Second Vice President, and Trustee Emerita. Virginia tackled the herculean task of compiling indexes for three books on Washington County history: the reprint of the Washington County History of 1878 and Fred Stiles' two books: From Then Till Now and Old Days-Old Ways. In honor of her service, she was given the James R. Cronkhite Award for Historic Preservation in 2005. She was awarded the status of WCHS Trustee Emerita, and is pictured here with her certificate awarded at our 2016 WCHS annual membership meeting.
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May 24, 2018

truss-restorationThe Washington County Historical Society just completed its final 2018 Cronkite Lecture Series was conducted by local restoration craftsmen Justin Rushinski and Scott Thetford on the Greenwich Baptist Church truss restoration (photo right). Mr. Rushinski and Mr. Thetford spoke about the project plan and how they implemented it. The two craftsmen went into detail on stabilizing and repairing the trusses. The repairs were complicated by the different building techniques used in 1865 when the church was built as well as some of the renovations made in the church over the past hundred and fifty years.

At the conclusion of the lecture the WCHS conducted its first Historic Preservation Award Program that was created in 2017 in response to the cancellation of Washington County's Historic Preservation Award program in 2007.

The Capstone and Fieldstone awards and bronze plaques were presented to South Dominion Vineyards for their work to restore a Washington County 1766 settler's log house and 1790 post and beam English Barn. Two short powerpoint presentations were given explaining the restorations efforts on both the historic structures. Below are before and after pictures from the presentations.

Historic Preservation craftsman, Tom Litwin was recognized for his lifetime achievement in restoring of 17th and 18th century buildings with the Fieldstone Award.

Capstone after
Restored 1766 settler's log house
Capstone after
Restored log house interior
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If you are interested in nominating a Washington County historic building that has recently undergone restoration or rehabilitation in 2018, reference WCHS's Historic Preservation Program brochure
or call (518) 747-9104.

Capstone before
1790 English barn
Capstone before
1790 barn interior, before
Restored 1790 English barn

May 19, 2018 - Dedication Ceremony at Resaca Battlefield

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123rd Regiment Whitehall Honor Guard with the 123rd NY Regiment at Resaca Battlefield.
Photo by Jim Lafayette

Resaca Cavalry
Members of the cavalry at the Resaca Confederate Cemetery
Photo by Al Cormier
Steve Toney
Steve Toney of the GA 28th/NY 123rd holding a Confederate sword donated by R. Paul McCarty, Ft Edward Historian. Steve worked diligently with other members of the 28th GA/123rd NY to raise the money to place the monument for the NY 123rd on the Resaca Battlefield
Al Cormier
Al Cormier
History In Stone Speech

Debi Craig
Debi Craig
Debi's Speech at the event


Virginia Parrott, Fort Ann Historian (right) at the Shining Stars Award luncheon hosted by the Post-Star in partnership with The Conkling Center. Rebecca Cottone, Virginia's daughter, who nominated her mother for the award is on the left.