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Battlefield Committee

The UPS Battlefield Committee has been working for over two years with consultant and architectural historian Maral Kalbian and her team of archeologists Ben Ford and Steve Thompson, and historian John Salmon, preparing the battlefield’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. The committee has written several newsletters to property owners within the proposed 8,000-acre battlefield historic district and held a public information meeting about it with UPS, county and state officials present to answer questions about it. The official state public hearing on the nomination is scheduled for May. Virginia’s State Review Board is expected to decide on the nomination in June.

The committee has joined forces with the Land Trust of Virginia to hold a battlefield celebration and fund-raiser, to help pay the extensive costs of researching and surveying close to 1,000 buildings within battlefield boundaries and other nomination costs. Upperville residents Donald and Patricia Brennan have offered their historic Llangollen estate for the gala, to be held April 30. The committee has won the support of more than a dozen area historic preservation and environmental groups, who are lending their names to the battlefield celebration and fund-raiser. Property owners in the area also are helping raise money for the Unison Battlefield project. UPS Battlefield Committee members are Mitch Diamond, Owen Snyder, Denis Gordon and Paul Hodge. For further information about the committee or the battlefield please feel free to contact us through our Contact webpage.

Preservation Enhancement Committee

The UPS Preservation Enhancement Committee, in conjunction with the Loudoun County Design Cabinet, conducted a “Unison Community Charrette” on Sept. 10, 2010. If you are unfamiliar, Wikipedia Online defines “charrette” as “any collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem.... Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.”

The Design Cabinet is an all volunteer group of professionals, sponsored by the Loudoun County Development Office and coordinated by Susan Van Epps a senior business analyst for the development office. UPS was honored to host this distinguished group of professionals with talents ranging from landscaping, community planning, architecture, road and infrastructure specialists, horticultural experts, etc.

The group convened at 7:30 a.m. at Unison's United Methodist Church and worked for several hours. Attendance was heavy. There was an initial consensus among residents and planners that UPS should work to preserve the village's quaint charm and sense of community.

Attendees broke into smaller groups to work with the individual Design Cabinet experts. Maps and schematics of the area were referred to as the groups discussed where the unincorporated village begins and ends. It was generally agreed, looking at county maps, that Unison has an “inner-core ring” and “outer-core ring,” extending out a half mile from the village center. And this is where community improvements primarily should be focused.

At the conclusion of the charrette, there was widespread agreement that the Design Cabinet's collaborative approach was well suited to the small village.

Where do we go from here? Committee members agreed the meeting was a building block and "baseline discussion" that helped provide UPS with input from residents and expert planners. The committee is expected to provide a final meeting wrap-up and recommendations in the future.