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

WHEREAS, the historic estate known as Hopefield located at 6763 Airlie Road encompasses 168 acres of permanently preserved rural land three miles north of Warrenton adjacent to the Warrenton Reservoir; and

WHEREAS, the property features a circa 1855 Federal Style house that was redesigned in 1924 by architect W.H.  Irwin Fleming and Hanback builders in the spirit of the Colonial Revival when it was popular to transform modest early American homes into grander designs; and

WHEREAS, Hopefield retains distinctive 19th century features such as a stone icehouse and summer kitchen, and Hopefield also retains unique features from the 1920s, such as an oak refrigerator, a service annunciator box that receives calls from ivory buttons in door frames throughout the house, and a 1924 pool and stone ha-ha wall; and

WHEREAS, a National Register District designation is a high honor to bestow on an individual property; and  

WHEREAS, this architectural history was commissioned by a notable citizen named Mrs. Hope Wallach Porter and completed by Cheryl H. Shepherd who is a scholarly architectural historian who is a descendant of the master builder Hanback who remodeled the house in 1924; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 11th day of  December 2008, That the Board hereby supports and encourages the Virginia Board of Historic Resources to include the Hopefield National Register Nomination, located in the Marshall Magisterial District, in the Virginia Landmarks Register; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Virginia Board of Historic Resources recommend to the National Park Service, due to the established and unique history and national significance of Hopefield, that this individual property be enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places.


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                                                                                    Paul S. McCulla
                                                                                    Clerk to the Board of Supervisors

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