Stained glass window at Mount Zion Church, Glasgow.  ©Jennifer Law Young


Founders' Awards

Every year at its annual meeting, Historic Lexington Foundation presents Founders’ Awards to recognize individuals and institutions for significant preservation efforts. In addition to the recognition of the award recipients, the Founders’ Awards have served as an important tool for promoting public awareness of the benefits of historic preservation.

Recent recipients of Founders’ Awards have included:


Richard A. "Dick" Barnes

In recognition of his preservation efforts in the towns of Lexington and Brownsburg, Virginia, and his leadership in founding and stewardship of the Brownsburg Museum.

Arthur Bartenstein

In appreciation of his steadfast dedication in support of the mission of Historic Lexington Foundation to preserve, interpret, and present the historical heritage and fabric of Rockbridge, County, Virginia.



Mary Stuart and Russ Harlow

In recognition of their extensive restoration of the c. 1898 Trinity Methodist church parsonage at 106 W. Preston Street in Lexington


Lisa McCown

For her dedication in helping residents of Rockbridge County and beyond document and better understand the rich architectural heritage of our area through her work in Leyburn Library’s Special Collections at Washington and Lee University.



Skip Ravenhorst and Seth Goodhart

For restoration of the 1873 Beechenbrook Chapel at Jordan’s Point, Lexington



Cliff DeVito and Chris Walker

For their restoration of Forest Oaks, c. 1806 near Natural Bridge



Brownsburg Community Association

For the Brownsburg Museum in northern Rockbridge County


Janie and Will Harris

For rehabilitation of the c. 1846 Evans House in Lexington


John Adamson

For restoring the Hopkins House, c. 1845, in downtown Lexington


Previous Recipients of Founders Awards include:

VMI Virginia Military Institute for restoration of the historic stables Gottwald Teddy and Ann Parker Gottwald for their work on the Alexander-Withrow Building and the McCampbell Inn on Main Street, Lexington City Bank City National Bank for the preservation of the former People's bank building in Buena Vista Smith Gene and Nancy Sullivan for the restoration of the c. 1889 Francis H. Smith House on South Main Street, Lexington Ruff Charles and Kim Cory for restoration of the Jacob Ruff house on Main Street, Lexington Hess Matt Gianniny, Bruce Schweizer, and Barbara and Eddie Clowser of Hess & Co. Jewelers for rehabilitation of the old First National Bank on Courthouse Square, Lexington Southern Inn Southern Inn Restaurant for careful restoration of its 1886 building after a devastating fire Lee Hotel Ugo Benincasa for the rehabilitation of the Robert E. Lee Hotel on Main Street, Lexington McCrum Charles Hallock for the restoration of the c. 1870 J.T. McCrum House in Lexington Grace Rebecca Wilson for the restoration of the 1890 Grace House on South Main Street in Lexington Paxton Matthew and Mary Paxton for the restoration and preservation of the Zachariah Johnston House in Lexington Troubadour Everett Gilbert for preservation of the antebellum old Troubadour Theatre in Lexington Red Hen Stephanie Wilkinson and John Blackburn for restoring a former law office and modifying the space to become a restaurant