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  • February 29, 2008 Foundation Mourns Passing of Gina Rawles

    February 29, 2008 By G. WILLIAM THOMAS, JR. Dear Monroe Foundation Board Members and Friends, It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of the death of one our longest serving and beloved Trustees, Georgina "Gina" Rawles who has served for more...
  • December 19, 2007 New Year Holds Promise

    By BETSY FICKLIN Journal Press The dream of successive generations is finally being realized on the Westmoreland County site where the fifth United States President, James Monroe, was born. In recent weeks the visitor center, which the county governmen...
  • December 14, 2007 A Christmas Story - 1776

    Provided By JOHN O. MARSH, JR.Secretary of the Army, 1981-1989Former VA Congressman--7th District, 1963-1971 Christmas day in 1776 fell on a Wednesday. It was a cold miserable and bitter day in Buck's County, Pennsylvania. Later that afternoon as skies ...
  • December 6, 2007 Rebirth Begins at Monroe Birthplace

    By FRANK DELANO Free-Lance Star After decades of fits and starts to honor the birthplace of James Monroe, a new visitors center is rising in the Westmoreland County woods where the fifth president of the United States roamed as a boy centuries ago. Bu...
  • October 9, 2007 Statement on Passing of Rep. Jo Ann Davis

    By G. WILLIAM THOMAS President, James Monroe Memorial Foundation ----------   We will certainly miss JoAnn Davis and will always be grateful for her presence at the James Monroe Birthplace in Westmoreland County. She provided wonderful support and ...
  • September 9, 2007 JMMF Welcomes Home Scholarship Chairman

    Today, the Foundation welcomed home Scholarship Award Chairman Chris Winslow from deployment to Djibouti, an east African country located due south of Eritrea. "We're delighted to have him back in one piece," said Foundation President G. William Thomas. ...
  • August 8, 2007 Birthplace Site Work Continues

    By BETSY FICKLIN Journal Press The effort started in the 1930s when private citizens formed an association to re-assemble part of the old Monroe family farm. Work continued and in the 1970s archaeologists uncovered what remained of the foundation of th...
  • January 4, 2007 A Departure Mourned

    By G. WILLIAM THOMAS   Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that our beloved Secretary, Colonel Samuel T. "Fighter Pilot" Dickens (USAF)(RTD) passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He could not be with ...
  • September 25, 2006 Monroe Birthplace Effort

    By FRANK DELANO Free Lance-Star He was twice president of the United States and twice governor of Virginia. He was secretary of state and secretary of war. He was ambassador to England and to Spain. But the Virginia Department of Transportation is no...
  • July 8, 2006 Digging for Buried History

    By FRANK DELANO The Free Lance-Star A RE-CREATION of James Monroe's birthplace in Westmoreland County will begin with shovel holes in the ground next month. That's when archaeologists from the College of William & Mary say they will begin digging ...
  • May 2, 2007 JMMF Celebrates Monroe's 249th Birthday

    By BETSY FICKLIN Journal Press The symbolic hopefulness marked by the breaking of sacred ground was lost on none of the individuals who converged on Monroe Farm last Saturday morning to celebrate the 249th birthday of the nation’s fifth President. ...
  • May 24, 2006 Monroe Farm 'Most Endangered'

    By BETSY FICKLIN Journal Press The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities issued an announcement last Friday that the James Monroe Birthplace in Westmoreland County has been placed on that organization’s list of Virginia’s most end...
  • February 14, 2006 Homes OK'd Next to Monroe's Birthplace: On Valentines' Day, No Flowers; Just Frustration for Preservationists

    By FRANK DELANO Free Lance-Star   The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors yesterday unanimously approved rezoning a 44-acre wooded tract for a residential subdivision next to President James Monroe’s Birthplace. Yesterday’s action caught o...
  • February 7, 2006 Dishonoring Donors' Intent Not Isolated to Treatment of James Monroe Foundation

    Poisoned Ivy: Fight at Princeton Escalates Over Use Of a Family's Gift University Concedes Errors But Says It Upheld Intent Of Donors to Wilson School Son: 'We Have Been Mugged' By JOHN HECHINGER and DANIEL GOLDEN Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JO...
  • January 6, 2006 Historic-site Protections Sought in Westmoreland

    By FRANK DELANO Free Lance-Star   Leaders of the James Monroe Foundation have told Westmoreland County officials that a proposed zoning ordinance should contain stronger protections for historic areas. "Inexplicably, the proposed zoning ordinance i...
  • January 1, 2006 Past Scholarship Awards

    The Foundation introduced the James Monroe Scholarship Award in the Spring of 2001 as part of a continuous effort to promote the life and legacy of James Monroe. Since inception, the James Monroe Scholarship Award has given over $10,000 to student-writers...
  • August 9, 2005 Westmoreland Halts Zoning Case

    By FRANK DELANO Free Lance-Star A controversial housing development proposed next door to James Monroe's Westmoreland County birthplace sank in a legal swamp yesterday, and may remain there for months. Citing opinions by the Virginia attorney general ...
  • August 3, 2005 Monroe Birthplace LLC Rezoning Could Destroy Economic Future of Westmoreland

    By G. WILLIAM THOMAS III The James Monroe Memorial Foundation recently entered into a long-term lease with Westmoreland County to restore the James Monroe farmhouse and build an education and visitor center, and operate these as a historic attraction, o...
  • July 29, 2005 Kudzu Cometh?

    EDITORIAL Free Lance-Star Kudzu cometh? S OME FOLKS in Westmoreland County (including, unfortunately, some planners) are acting like the younger siblings of adolescents. They see the "fun" associated with growth in nearby counties--such as increased pr...
  • July 25, 2005 Builder ready to hire Archaeologist

    By FRANK DELANO Free Lance-Star A Fredericksburg lawyer has told Westmoreland County that developers of a controversial housing project will conduct an archaeological survey of their 441/2-acre property next to President James Monroe's birthplace. In ...