CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

Harry F. Atherton, Vice Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor

 

September 8, 2005

Staff Lead:

Department:

 

Kristen Slawter, Planner II

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Resolution to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the National Park Service Supporting the Inclusion of Markham on the Virginia Landmarks and National Registers

 

Topic Description:

 

On August 15, 2005, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources conducted an evening public hearing and informational meeting regarding the merits of including Markham on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. This hearing was conducted in the Warren Green Meeting Room.  Property owners and community representatives received a briefing from the County’s architectural consultant, Maral Kalbian, and responded positively to her report.

 

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will present these findings to the Commonwealth Board of Historic Resources on September 14, 2005.  A letter to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and resolution of support from the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors would be of value.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:

None

 

Summary Staff Report:

 

The County has 21 historic areas that are of state and national significance.  The Final Report for Survey Update of Historic properties in Fauquier County, Virginia (March 20, 2002) recommended all be submitted for designation on the Virginia Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places. 

 

As a result of the referenced report, the County has pursued this major project with both Board of Supervisors and private contributions.  Since 2003, the County completed detailed surveys which resulted in the Villages and Settlements of Ashville, Atoka, Morgantown, Delaplane, New Baltimore, Remington, and Rectortown being placed on the Virginia Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The survey work and requisite public hearing for the Village of Markham has been completed. On August 16, 2005, the property owners and community representatives received a briefing from the County’s architectural consultant, Maral Kalbian, and responded positively to her report.  The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will present these findings to the Commonwealth Board of Historic Resources on September 14, 2005.

 

The Village of Markham, located in northwest Fauquier County and just south of Interstate 66, became a railroad stop for the Manassas Gap Railroad in 1852.  It was named by the president of the new railroad in honor of his great-grandmother’s family. 

 

Even though the community has no official limits, the linear district contains 81 acres that are historically and visually associated with the community’s growth and development from a crossroads in the early 19th century and as a railroad community during the mid-19th century.  The district contains 24 properties with 48 contributing resources. 

 

The oldest of these resources include two early 19th century dwellings, an 1819 stone church, and a collection of early to mid-19th century outbuildings.  Early 19th century dwellings as well as an inn stand in the center of the district, and were constructed prior to the railroad’s arrival.  The majority of the resources were constructed in the mid and late 19th century and include multiple dwellings, a hotel, as well as commercial buildings, and a train station.  The district also contains early 20th century dwellings.  The most modern resource is the 1918 Markham School, located adjacent to the 1819 church

 

The village of Markham is well-preserved by its physical site limitations, and is situated in between Interstate 66 to the north US Route 55 to the south.  As Architectural Historian Maral Kalbian states, “Markham is undoubtedly one of the best-preserved 19th century communities in all of Fauquier County…”

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Property Owners