In 2017, the non-profit formed in 1976 as the Hillsboro Community Association changed its name to the Short Hill Historical Society. The name better reflects the non-profit organization’s dedication to preserving and restoring historic landmarks in the Short Hill region; preserving and enhancing historical information, facts, and stories about our area; and providing experiences that engage people of all ages in learning about and protecting our history. This all-volunteer non-profit organization saved the Old Stone School from being demolished and worked to keep the historic building’s doors open for 40 years.
With a renewed focus on the historic preservation in the region, the Short Hill Historical Society kicked off new efforts in 2017 at our Swing into Spring event at the beautiful barn at Silverbrook Farm. Toward the later half of the year, we initiated a successful series called Historic Talks, Trips, and Treasures. This series featured Eugene Scheel at Hillsborough Vineyards, Linda Sittig at Old 690 Brewing Company, and Rich Gillespie at the Burnt Mill. Each of our guest speakers gave engaging talks about the history of our area. This series will continue in 2018. Another effort was planning work to restore the Wright Brothers’ mother’s sign, and this will also continue in 2018. We also began collecting historical information and photos to build a wiki on our website where users will be able to collaboratively upload, modify, and add content and photos. This project will be ongoing. To end the year, we hosted our signature event, the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour. This event is preceded by the Greens Workshop with teams of people making decorations that fill each home on the tour. A lightly falling snow on the day of the tour made it even more magical!
We are grateful to our 2017 sponsors: The Purcellville Gazette, Sengpiehl Insurance Group, Alta Terra Farm Bed and Breakfast, Bank of Clarke County, Birch Hollow Yoga, Browning Equipment, Doukenie Winery, eink, Fieldstone Farm Bed and Breakfast, Hillsborough Bed and Breakfast, Hillsborough Vineyards, Hunt Country Jewelers, Keel Point, Old 690 Brewing Company, and Silverbrook Farm Bed and Breakfast. We also thank our incredible volunteers who help make our events and efforts a success, and all of our members and donors whose generosity helps us continue our work!
Please consider a year-end gift to the Short Hill Historical Society!
Your tax-deductible donation
can be made online at www.ShortHillHistoricalSociety.org.