Oatlands Receives Over $25,000 In Grant Awards From Regional And National Foundations
Grants will be used to make essential repairs to the 1810 greenhouse at Oatlands
Oatlands has recently received grants from The Historic Sites Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Loudoun Preservation Society and The Virginia Horticultural Foundation. The grants, which total over $25,000, represent over half of the funding needed to begin repairs to the glass roof of the greenhouse at Oatlands.
“We are so grateful to our partners in preservation. Their initial support will help get the greenhouse repairs underway,” said Executive Director Andrea McGimsey. “We hope that their generosity will influence others to contribute to the conservation of the historic treasures at Oatlands.”
The Historic Sites Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has made a $20,850 matching grant award in support of the project. The Loudoun Preservation Society has made a $3,000 grant award and The Virginia Horticultural Foundation has made a $2,500 grant award.
The greenhouse at Oatlands is the second oldest extant greenhouse in the United States, and the oldest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Built in 1810 by George Carter, the unique brick structure was state-of-the-art. It featured a sophisticated heating system that combined the radiant heat from a central compost pile, fireplaces and the southern exposure of a glass roof. The advanced heating system allowed vegetables and fruit, such as bananas and strawberries, to grow out of season.
Once the repairs to the greenhouse are completed, the roof will be weather-tight and able to provide shelter to the many valuable tropical plants in Oatlands’ collection. The building will also be available to provide additional space for events and educational programs.
“The greenhouse is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings at Oatlands,” said McGimsey. “We look forward to making this unique space available for small cocktail parties, children’s birthday parties, perhaps with a dinosaur or jungle theme, garden classes and lectures.”