Eleanor D. Patrick – one of Historic Staunton Foundation’s founding board members and a pioneer in the historic preservation movement in Staunton in the 1970s –  passed away on May 24, 2015.  Through her quiet and factual, but forceful nature, she had a big impact on the challenging times for preserving Staunton’s architectural heritage in the early years.  In particular, she helped stop the construction of a proposed highway through downtown Staunton that would have resulted in the demolition of most of Staunton’s historic Wharf area.  She also was a hands-on preservationist with her own contracting firm, Iona Restoration, in which she and her business partner, James Lamb, rehabilitated a number of residences in what would become the Newtown Historic District and neighborhoods beyond.  The firm also restored the Sears House, an important landmark that overlooks downtown above Woodrow Park.

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Full List of HSF Founding Board of Directors – 1971

  • Mary B. Armistead
  • Dorval D. Banks
  • Billie Jean Banks
  • Delores Lescure
  • Mary Moore Mandeville
  • Henry C. McKenney
  • Sarah E. Nutt
  • Allan B. Painter
  • Karen Painter
  • Frank Pancake
  • James B. Patrick
  • Eleanor Patrick
  • Elizabeth H. Perry
  • Margaret Ann Runnels
  • William B. Tanner