14 October 2014
Where do you live?
I live at Glen Burnie, a wonderful historic home built in 1829 and designed by General John Hartwell Cocke of Bremo. It is located just north of Palmyra off Rt. 15 way back in the woods (thank goodness).
How long have you lived in Fluvanna?
I moved to Fluvanna in 1995 to enjoy the beauty of this area and to continue working on Glen Burnie.
What brought you here?
I was intrigued by an advertisement for Glen Burnie in 1991 in The Washington Post so I sent off for a brochure on the property. I’d always wanted to restore a historic property and this provided a great opportunity. I later placed Glen Burnie on the National Register of Historic Places and put the house and all 187 acres of the land under a historic easement. That means I have permanently given the development rights on my property to the Commonwealth of Virginia. When I first visited Glen Burnie the meadow around the house was in bloom with thousands of daffodils, so I put a contract on the property just two days after seeing it. I’ve never regretted it.
Tell us about your work.
I graduated from West Point in 1959 and spent over 10 years in the Army in countries including Germany, Rhodesia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. After leaving the Army, I started a career in politics working first as a legislative director to a Maryland congressman and later spending 18 years as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.
Since my retirement in 1995 I have been actively involved in community affairs, serving as president of the Fluvanna Historical Society, president of the Fluvanna Heritage Trail Foundation, chairman of the Rivanna River Basin Commission, and a member of the Capitol Square Preservation Council overseeing the restoration of Virginia’s Capitol Square in Richmond. I also served five years on the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors, including two years as chair.