Preservationist of the Year

Each year the Preservation Society recognizes an individual or group who made significant contributions to historic preservation in Loudoun County.

Will O'Keefe and Vernon DavisIn 2011 the Preservation Society named Will O’Keefe as Preservationist of the Year.  Will was honored for his leadership while Executive Director of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation in Leesburg.  Under his stewardship, much of the 1,000 acre property was placed in conservation easement, ensuring it will remain undeveloped in perpetuity.  Will oversaw an extensive restoration of the mansion and conservation of textiles, paintings, and furniture.

The Preservation Society’s 2010 Preservationist of the Year award was presented to H. Vernon Davis. Vernon was honored for his decades-long leadership in the preservation community. He was an active member of the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society since 1975, and he served as chairman of various committees, including August Court Days and the Historic Plaque Program. He joined the LRPS Board in 1976 and served as an officer for many years. He became president in 2003. He led the successful merger of the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society and the Preservation Society of Loudoun County in 2009 and served as the new Loudoun Preservation Society’s president for its first year.

Previous recipients include Margaret Morton, Jean Brown, Brian Boucher, Tom and Gayle Delashmutt, and Cate Magennis Wyatt.