A Visual Treat By Kathryn Willis
Published in the April 2016 edition of Front Porch Fredericksburg MagazineFaulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” He may never have been to Chatham. But, as witness to his sense that our present is imbued with our heritage, Chatham Manor cannot be outshone.
With heritage comes stewardship, and the Friends of Chatham are faithful to their charge. Enlisting local artists to express their visual moment of the extraordinary mansion and grounds seems a natural partnership—and one that began last October. On a perfect Saturday, twenty artists recorded their reflections of Chatham’s sense of place.
The day-long fall plein air event resulted in several artworks that will be displayed at Federal Hill, the Hanover Street historic home of Charles and Stephanie Maurer. The artwork display is an added visual treat of Historic Virginia Garden Week, hosted in Fredericksburg by The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club.
Renewing Chatham: Windows and Doors
By Kathryn Willis
Published in the September 2015 edition of Front Porch Fredericksburg MagazineOver Chatham’s long existence, its windows have witnessed the gaze of generations. From genteel Colonial guests viewing the docks and rooftops of a growing mercantile center, to Union leaders whose piercing focus was riveted on the town they were commanded to subdue, the windows of this noble home have framed the drama that shaped this nation.
The mansion has weathered its nearly three centuries with grace. Inevitably, however, long decades and weather have compromised those windowpanes, mullions and sills. And now, it is time that we, the caretakers of this national inheritance, come to its aid. See more . . .