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Survey Day and Historical Farming at Clermont Farm

Monday, November 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ben Brashears
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On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Clarke County Historical Association and the Clermont Foundation hosted Survey Day and Historical Farming at historic Clermont Farm in Berryville, Virginia. Clermont Farm is a 355-acre property that is identified as one of Clarke County’s oldest farms. It is currently owned by the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, and contains several historic structures that are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmark Register. The farm is historically significant to land surveyors because on October 19, 1750, an 18-year old surveyor by the name of George Washington performed the initial survey of this property for Thomas Lord Fairfax, in his capacities as the County Surveyor of Culpeper County.

On a beautiful fall day in the Shenandoah Valley, members of the Surveyors Historical Society and the Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Association of Surveyors teamed up to present and demonstrate historic and modern surveying techniques and equipment. Surveyors Historical Society members Duane Brown and Chas Langelan, dressed in period attire, demonstrated 18th century surveying techniques that would have been utilized by young George Washington during his survey of Clermont Farm 267 years earlier. Virginia Association of Surveyors members Scot Marsh and Randy Stowers each gave presentations on modern surveying equipment and techniques. Marsh spoke about surveying with transits, total stations, robotic instruments, and the evolution of GPS, while Stowers demonstrated the use of a 3D laser scanner. In addition to the demonstrations, there were displays of historical surveying instruments and equipment, modern surveying instruments and equipment, and historical maps.

Several other members of the Surveyors Historical Society and the Virginia Association of Surveyors were in attendance to support and assist with the activities. The program was highly successful and well attended by over fifty attendees. The event organizers were very impressed by the surveying demonstrations and displays, and have discussed making this program an annual event.

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