Ever heard of #GivingTuesday? Since it was founded in 2012, it has been growing in popularity with more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries celebrating it in 2014 alone. So what’s it all about?
Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Its purpose is to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
This will be the first year that the Mill has participated and we need your help. #GivingTuesday will kick off TTMAC’s end of year fundraising campaign. One of the goals of the campaign is to raise $1,000 to fund the purchase and installation of security cameras at the Mill property. In recent months, there has been a rash of destructive behavior at the Mill resulting in some interior stones being displaced and the removal of protective lead sheeting. Unfortunately, without surveillance, it is impossible to know who has been damaging the site. Cameras will enable TTMAC to better collaborate with local police and to deter additional vandalism.
Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to participate in #GivingTuesday because this year it’s easier than ever to donate. In addition to traditional donations by mail or via our website, you can now make a donation through Facebook and twitter. Simply reply #donate + any $ amount (ex:#donate$10) to any post. You’ll receive a one time link to register with GoodWorld and that’s it! Every other time you #donate it will be automatic. No other registration required!
So, help us reach our $1,000 goal to provide security cameras to protect the Mill. Join us online during #GivingTuesday or #donate anytime.
Thank you for your support!
Stocking Stuffer Saturday is coming up on November 28. Will you be there? Join us at the Mill to pick out the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones! Take a look at some of the great items we’ll have for sale!
And don’t forget to visit Warrenton’s Framecraft this Saturday, November 14 for the P. Buckley Moss Print Signing featuring Ms. Moss’ new painting of the Chapman – Beverley Mill.
Over the next couple months there will be plenty of ways to support the Mill. We hope to see you at some of these fun upcoming events!
P. Buckley Moss Print Signing
10AM – 4PM
In September, P. Buckley Moss, a renowned Virginia-based artist who takes her inspiration largely from images of the Shenandoah Valley, announced the completion of three new works depicting historic places throughout Fauquier County. The three sites Ms. Moss selected are the Warrenton Rail Depot, the Waterloo Bridge and the Chapman – Beverley Mill.
On November 14, the artist will hold a print signing of her newly-released pieces. The signing will take place at Framecraft (64 Main St. Warrenton, VA). Prints will be available at $55 each and there will be a raffle to win a beautifully framed print of the Mill. All raffle proceeds will benefit the continued conservation and interpretation of the historic Mill site!
Stocking Stuffer Saturday
11AM – 3PM
Join us at the Mill Saturday, November 28 to pick out the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones! We’ll have a wide variety of merchandise for you to peruse including tee shirts, hoodies, hats, tea towels, aprons, mill stone magnets and more. And while you’re on site, don’t forget to pick out one of the Mill’s many stones to adopt!
Chapman’s Mill and the Secrets of Thoroughfare Gap
4 – 6PM
Join us at Turn the Mill Around Campaign’s office (4250 Loudoun Ave. The Plains, VA) for a fun afternoon of wine and light refreshments as we celebrate the completion of the cataloging phase of the Mill’s archaeological shovel test pit survey. Get a sneak preview of some of our favorite finds! Archaeology team leader, Mike Johnson, will be on hand to discuss the progress that has been made, the prehistoric items discovered and what the future holds for the program. Mr. Johnson will also demonstrate some of the stone knapping techniques early Virginia Indians used to create tools and weapons!
New Painting by P. Buckley Moss
When we were asked several months ago to submit an image for P. Buckley Moss (a renowned Virginia-based artist who takes her inspiration largely from images of the Shenandoah Valley) to consider for her next painting, we were thrilled at the prospect. Now, we couldn’t be happier to announce that not only has Ms. Moss selected the Chapman – Beverley Mill, she has completed her painting and will host a print signing November 14 in downtown Warrenton!
Ms. Moss’ painting of the Mill is one of three new works depicting historic places throughout Fauquier County. The other two sites are the Warrenton Rail Depot and the Waterloo Bridge.
The print signing will take place at Framecraft (64 Main St. Warrenton, VA) from 10am until 4pm. Prints will be available at $55 each and there will be a raffle to win a beautifully framed print of the Mill. All raffle proceeds will benefit the continued conservation and interpretation of the historic Mill site.
So, mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14. We hope to see you there!
Last May the National Trust for Historic Preservation posted a piece about their “This Place Matters” campaign. In honor of archaeology month, coming October 2015, we’re pleased to announce that TTMAC will be participating in the campaign! Visit our table at the Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day celebration this Saturday, September 26, pick up one of our ‘This Place Matters’ flyers, then snap a photo at the Mill featuring the flyer and post it to your favorite social media platform. It’s that simple! Help us show the world that the Mill matters!
September 14 – 25
Click for a Cause
Help us win $12,000 through WTOP’s Click for a Cause Contest. Visit http://wtop.com/contests/click-for-a-cause-voting/?char=c and vote for the Chapman – Beverley Mill .
For more information contact Frances Allshouse at email@example.com or 540-253-5888.
Warrenton – Fauquier Heritage Day
Old Town Warrenton, 11am – 4pm
Courthouse Square and Main Street
Visitor’s Center/ Mosby House property, 33 N. Calhoun St.. Old Town Warrenton
See learn about the Mill and its history, see some of its archaeological artifacts, and find out how you can help preserve it!
Program of Events:
– Historian Promenade
– Living History
– Old Jail Museum open and courtyard activities
– Speaker’s Program: Disunion and Reunion
– Free Camp Dance called by Tom and Lesley Mack with music played by Marshall and Company
– Town Tours
– Bivouac Area
– Field Hospital
– Children’s Corner and history related activities
– Free event! Rain or Shine!
Supported by the Town of Warrenton and Fauquier County.
Event registration can be downloaded at http://www.mosbysplayers.com.
For information call Paula Johnson at 540.341.7019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.mosbysplayers.com.
October 23 – 24
7 – 9PM
Visit the historic Chapman – Beverley Mill during the Bull Run Mountain Conservancy’s annual Halloween Safari! The Mill will be open with some fun Fall decorations! Read more about the Safari below.
BRMC wants to take you on an hour-long, night-time hike through the Bull Run Mountains! A guide will lead you along the trail where you will meet native “wildlife” that perform natural history skits. There is a new cast of animals each year, so don’t miss it! Join us for face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire, and live music. Bring a flashlight, wear good hiking shoes, and remember that it can get cold on the Mountain.
Pre-registration is required.
BRMC Members: $7/ Non-members: $10.
A Sunny Summer Day at the Mill
Just because the Mill will soon be temporarily closed for improvements that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do there this summer. Take a look at what we have planned!
Join us June 22 and July 27 at 11am to explore the Mill site with our Executive Director, Frances Allshouse. Frances will lead participants around the grounds explaining the history of significant areas and structures on the site. $5 per participant.
Adopt a Stone
Did you miss our Adopt a Stone Campaign kickoff last month? Here’s another chance to pick a stone! Visit Sunday, June 28 between 10am and 5pm to choose and adopt one (or more) of the over 3,000 stones that make up the Mill’s southernmost wall. Adoption prices start at just $25 per stone. Interested in adopting more than one stone? Be sure to ask about families of stones!
Want to lend a hand at the Mill? We’re looking to organize a small crew to remove the vegetation growing in the stone fence on site. The clean-up session planned for June 28 10am to Noon. Contact Frances Allshouse (email@example.com) for more information.
Beginning this July we’ll be taking reservations for 2016 photo sessions at the Mill. Four hour sessions will be available for a donation of $50. All-day sessions will also be available. Stay tuned for details!
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
On August 2, join us at Barrel Oak Winery for our first wine tasting fundraiser. Tickets will be available in advance at $25 per person.
We hope to see you at the Mill soon!
You can now own a piece of Chapman Beverley Mill. The Turn the Mill Around Campaign is launching an innovative new fundraiser to get the planned park underway this year. Adopt-A-Stone allows anyone to adopt one or more of the beautiful ancient stones that comprise the mill walls – the tallest stacked stone structure in the U.S. The campaign launches May 2-3 at the mill and continues through the next few months via the website.
The stones were born as liquid more than a billion years ago when two continents collided. Over millions of years, the continents separated and the liquid rock slowly cooled into a solid form known as quartzite. As the massive land forms spun, morphed and collided again, the quartzite surged upward into mountains that exist today. The Piedmont, separating the coastal plane to the east from the Blue Ridge to the west, is the backdrop for the Mill. The stones were quarried from the quartzite rocks behind the Mill over a period of more than 100 years, commencing in 1742. Slaves carried the stones off the mountain and placed them expertly so no mortar was needed to bind and stabilize them. Floors fashioned of chestnut were erected inside the mill, providing crucial structural support for the high walls. When the railroad was built through Thoroughfare Gap, the Mill prospered sufficiently that in 1848, it was expanded upwards by two stories to its current height. Whether part of the original construction or added later, all the stones today remain in place, most of them more than 270 years later.
After the devastating 1998 fire, which consumed the floors and the chestnut beams that kept them in place, the walls had to be stabilized to prevent them from collapsing inward. Starting from the top down, giant bits drilled through the stones, creating tubular spaces into which liquid polymers were poured. The man-made polymers, like the ancient stones themselves, hardened in place and today provide the structure to prevent the ruin from collapsing.
This remarkable testament to the geological birthright of our planet and man’s engineering skills was virtually untouched by the earthquake of 2011, which rocked the region and damaged many building and famous monuments, including the Washington Monument 50 miles east in DC. The stones offered today as part of the Adopt-a-Stone Campaign are a unique part of this story, an enduring legacy in which anyone can play a vital role.
Snow in the Chapman – Beverley Mill
The long, cold, wet winter has done its job on more than one project in the area, and we’re no exception. Between contractors being backed up and the bureaucracy wending its way, our park project start is delayed until late summer. Not to worry! Plans haven’t changed. We’re still going to bring you a beautiful park, it’s just going to take a little longer. If all goes well, we should be done with construction by winter, giving the land a chance to breathe and recoup before bursting forth next spring.
Meantime, the delay means the Mill will continue to be open to the public weekends at least until the end of June (if this changes, we’ll let you know right away). It also means we can plan events at the Mill this summer. Last but not least, it means we can fine tune our fund-raising launch before the bulldozers arrive and the banner goes up (we haven’t told you about this yet) in a few weeks.
So look for further news as it develops, right here on Milling Minutes. If you want to be the first on your block to get the news, sign up to get our emails.
Join us for our special Valentine’s Day Event!
Valentine’s Day is on its way. Do you know what you’re doing with your significant other?
If you’re still looking for that perfect day out, why not join TTMAC for our “Romancing the Stone” photo shoot on Saturday, February 14, noon to 3pm. During the event, couples can have romantic portraits taken in and around the Mill.
The shoot will feature Karis Pratt of Karis Marie Photography (firstname.lastname@example.org). Admission is just $20 per couple, but be sure to make your reservation early since sessions are limited. Photo packages will be available for order at an additional fee. Session proceeds will go toward the continued preservation and interpretation of the Mill.
Attendees to the event will also be able to tour the Mill, get a sneak preview of our walking trail plans and learn about other TTMAC campaigns planned for Spring!
For reservation information, contact Frances Allshouse at email@example.com, 540-253-5888 or visit www.chapmansmill.org.