Congratulations to Childs Burden, former Oatlands Chairman of the Board, for being honored with Visit Loudoun’s highest recognition: the Judy Patterson Tourism Award. Judy was a longtime promoter of Loudoun’s events and tourist destinations, and this award is named in her memory. Mr. Burden was recognized for his contributions to the preservation of Loudoun’s unique heritage resources, which have a positive impact on tourism.
Mr. Burden has been a tireless supporter of Oatlands for decades, serving in various capacities on the Board of Directors, including Chairman. His connection to Oatlands goes deeper than his board involvement. His ancestors include the prominent Carter family of Virginia, and he is descended from Robert “King” Carter through the Shirley Plantation line of the Carters. The Carters of Oatlands are descended through the Nomini Hall branch of King Carter.
His passion for preserving and promoting our county’s history is evident in the long list of his volunteer activities in the community: the Land Trust of Virginia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mount Zion Church Preservation Association, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the Civil War Trust, and the Loudoun County Historical Society.
An interesting note to Mr. Burden’s award is that Judy Patterson served as a marketing consultant to Oatlands when Mr. Burden was chairman.
In addition to serving as an Honorary Director on Oatlands’ board, Mr. Burden is president of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, a member of the county’s Heritage Commission, and a volunteer on the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, which also received an award from Visit Loudoun.
In the fall of 2014, Mr. Burden made a generous donation to Oatlands of his family’s Carter Family Tree. Stay tuned for a future blog on that topic!