Buckland Hall has formed a non-profit foundation, the Buckland Preservation Society, for the purpose of conducting a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary investigation of the archaeology, architecture, industrialization, transportation, cultural landscape, and historical record of the Town of Buckland as well as the earlier Manohoac Indian Settlement that was located on this site along the Susquehanna Plain Path (Old Carolina Road) on Broad Run. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is devoted to preserving this site for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.Buckland Preservation Society is employing the latest technology, as well as a broad variety of important scholars, interested property owners, and grants to begin this nationally significant project. Never before in this country has such a coalition of notable historic preservation organizations gathered to support and participate in the preservation of one site.The Buckland Preservation Society and the various owners of property in the Town are willing to place permanent protective easements over this land to preserve and further study the site.
This project has been initiated by property owners in Buckland, who believe that ownership is the best foundation for good stewardship. - We are in agreement that historic preservation is the highest and best use of our properties and that we shall strive to protect the historical integrity of the Buckland Historic District and the surrounding landscape including the core ground of the Buckland Races/Battle of Buckland Mills Battlefield. - We expect to use purchases, leases, easements, options, covenants, life tenancies, and other creative means of ownership to support our vision for Buckland. - We expect to avoid the use of condemnation, litigation, regulation, owner-contested rezoning, or other coercive methods, since these tend to cause historic properties to be viewed more as liabilities than assets. - We will ask government officials not to use condemnation to take historic properties in Buckland, whether for transportation corridors or other uses.
Board of Directors
Mr. Richard Bland Lee V, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Lee grew up in Buckland, fourth generation of the Lee family in Buckland. Mr. Lee’s father, Philip Henry Lee, lived at Buckland Hall and after marrying, moved to Cerro Gordo Farm. Currently residing at Cobbs Hall in Kilmarnock, Virginia, Mr. Lee serves on numerous preservation efforts including a post as Chairman of the Sully Foundation. The Buckland Preservation Society is honored to have both his participation and his leadership.
Mr. David W. Blake, Chairman
Mr. Blake is the owner of Buckland Farm, which consists of approximately five-hundred and fifty acres located primarily in Prince William County. Buckland Hall, ca. 1774, under the ownership of Samuel Love, served as the cornerstone for the development of the Town of Buckland. As in the past, Buckland Farm continues to operate as an established thoroughbred farm. The southeast and southwest borders of the farm flank the expanded Buckland Historic District contributing to the largest section of the preservation effort.
Mrs. Linda L. Wright, President
Linda Wright is a founding Board member and current president of the Buckland Preservation Society, a non-profit corporation formed in 2003, dedicated to preserving the historical integrity of Buckland. Mrs. Wright and her husband, Barry, have resided at Cerro Gordo Plantation since 1983. Together with their three children, the Wright family formed a Corporation to continue the stewardship effort through acquisition and improvement in Buckland.
Mrs. Wright served on the Prince William Hospital Foundation Board, the Vestry of St. James’ Church in Warrenton, the Vestry of St. Pauls’ Church in Haymarket and the Parent’s Council of Episcopal High School in Alexandria. She currently serves on the Board of the Manassas Ballet Theatre and from 2008 to present serves as the Prince William County Brentsville District Historical Commissioner.
Mr. Thomas Ashe, Vice President
Mr. Ashe acquired the Buckland Tavern (Lots 4 & 5) in 1975. Over the years, the following acquisitions were also made, forming a sizeable core foundation of the Buckland Historic District: The Richard Gill House (Lot 3), the Hampton-Trone House (Lots 6, 33, & 32), St. Luke’s Church (Lot 15), the Eppa Hunton School House, and part of the original Town Common (12 acres), as well as portions of Madison, Fayette, Jane, and Elizabeth Streets.
Mr. Brian Mannix, Director
Mr. Mannix, together with his wife, Susan Dudley, acquired the Buckland Mill in 1986. The property consists of approximately forty three acres at the northwest edge of the Historic District and includes the Buckland Mill, the Miller’s House (residence), and approximately 4000 feet of the streambed on Broad Run. The Buckland Mill property served as the center of the development of the town and remains a most important site for preservation and study of early American industry and commerce.
Mrs. Betty Evans, Director
Mrs. Evans, together with her late husband, Thomas Mellon Evans (who spent four decades at Buckland Farm), developed a state-of-the-art thoroughbred farm at Buckland Farm. This was the first farm in Virginia to be laid out in the Kentucky style. Championship horses raised at Buckland Farm include Pleasant Colony, winner of the 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Mrs. Evans serves on numerous Foundations and Boards throughout the Nation, and the Buckland Preservation Society is most honored to have her participation and support.
Debbie Bennett, Treasurer
Ms. Bennett, CPA, joined the Board in 2010 and serves as Treasurer. Debbie has served on various nonprofit boards and committees in a personal effort to make a positive impact on the communities in which she lives and works. Currently she is Treasurer of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Devil Athletic Booster Club and sits on the Finance and Audit Committees for the Culpeper Regional Hospital. Debbie is managing shareholder of Bennett, Atkinson & Associates, PC, a public accounting firm based in Manassas, VA. Her firm provides attestation, tax and consulting to numerous area nonprofits as well as serving other industries.
Kimberly Gay Wright, Secretary
Kimberly has served as Secretary to the board since 2009. Previously, she served as Chairperson of St. James’ Episcopal School Board in Warrenton, Virginia and as a board member for the Fauquier chapter of the American Cancer Society. She is currently active in The Warrenton Garden Club. Kimberly acquired a masters in journalism at The University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee where she majored in American History. Kimberly, her husband Ed Wright, and three children live in Warrenton, Virginia.
Mr. John McBride, Past Director
Mr. McBride is a lawyer with Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC located in Fairfax, Virginia. His practice is primarily in the areas of land use and development, zoning, condemnation, and civil litigation involving real estate. He was the Director of Land Acquisitions for Fairfax County and a member of the International Right of Way Association prior to earning his law degree. He continues to be actively involved with Buckland Preservation Society.