Dear Friends of the Manor House:
The Manor House Preservation Fund (MHPF) was formed as a separate
entity from the Evergreen Country Club to help preserve the
historic manor house for future generations. The center section
of manor house is nearly 200 year old and was once part of
the 1024-acre Evergreen Plantation. It is located in a region
(from Gettysburg to Charlottesville, an area soon to be designated
as the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area)
that holds more American history than any other swath of land
in the country. The manor house is a landmark for the Club
and the Evergreen Farm Community. It is recognized by Prince
William County as a Designated Cultural Resource and would
qualify for a listing on the National and State Historical
Registries and Civil War Trail Signs marker designations.
short-term goals of the Manor House Preservation Fund Committee
the exterior of the manor house; weatherproof the outside
while improving its physical appearance. The committee's
opinion is that the club would benefit immediately from
an improved appearance by the attraction of new members
and additional weddings/functions.
the historic significance of the structure through the
website, newspaper, etc.
money to preserve the exterior.
Manor House Preservation Fund has raised over $140K(net) in
donations, from donors as far away as California and Florida.
The long term goal of the committee is to attract generate interest
by the club or outside investors willing to restore the manor
house for productive reuse, such as a bed & breakfast (B&B),
conference center, etc. The Manor House Preservation Committee
feels that the Evergreen Country Club would be a huge beneficiary
of a restoration/reuse.
The Manor House Preservation Fund
(MHPF) Committee introduced the Garcia/Leopold group B&B proposal
to the ECC Board of Directors. During this time Mr. Garcia
completed some of the weatherproofing(exterior winterization)
of the building at no cost to the MHPF or to the Club. Because
of these events the MHPF voted to take a “wait and see” position
with regard to the Garcia/Leopold proposal before starting
any of its own exterior work.
The standpoint of the MHPF is that
the $140K+ (net) in donations/activities fees raised by the
MHPF should not be used by the MHPF on preservation work that
will need to be redone by Garcia/Leopold if the proposal is
to be accepted by the club. Furthermore, if the Club accepts
the proposal the funds will be transferred to the Garcia/Leopold
restoration/reuse effort and directed to the Manor House exterior
preservation work. We feel that this best reflects the wishes
of the donors and it will maximize the return. Also, it is
the position of the MHFP to further support the Garcia/Leopold
B&B Proposal to ensure its success, by holding additional
fundraisers, concerts, etc. The MHPF, however, is not involved
in either the evaluation process or in addressing the hurdles,
such as zoning, tax credits, etc. This is a process that is
being worked out between the Garcia/Leopold group and the
ECC Board of Directors.
The Manor House Preservation Fund Committee