I’m spending summer 2019 researching and making work in Waterford, Virginia, the mean center of 1810. I’m grateful for the partnerships of the Waterford Foundation (WF) and the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). The work that I make this summer will be exhibited in the fall at GRACE.
In addition to oral history interviews, portraits, and other photographs, I’m also taking the opportunity to do some aerial mapping. Here’s the first one completed, an OrthoMosaic of the Phillips Farm.
From the WF website:
In 2003, the Phillips Farm, 144 acres of farmland southwest of the village, was slated to be subdivided into multiple lots. Had that development occurred, destroying the pastoral viewshed beyond the South Fork of the Catoctin Creek, Waterford’s National Historic Landmark status would have been seriously jeopardized.
The Waterford Foundation and its many supporters secured nearly $4 million to purchase the Phillips Farm. It is now preserved as open space in agricultural use forever, through a conservation easement held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. The Phillips Farm hosts Loudoun Center Apiaries and the hay fields are tended by a local farmer.