Orange 2002

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"Exploring Our Heritage on the Constitution Highway"
May 22, 2002
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Orange, VA
8:30am to 3:15pm

The first RRRC Living Towns Planning Workshop was held on May 22, 2002 in the Town of Orange and featured speakers and topics centered on the theme of Exploring Our History on the Constitution Highway. Three panels of speakers explored topics ranging from the economic benefits of Heritage Tourism to Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Planning to Preservation Tax Credits. Workshop participants were also treated to a walking tour of the Town of Orange with local guides offering a glimpse of the town's past as a small, rural Virginia community. A late afternoon tour and wine and cheese reception at James Madison's Montpelier provided a unique finish to an information-packed day!

Welcome & Introductions
  • Raymond C. Lonick, Mayor, Town of Orange

Panel #1

  • Moderator:  Karon Keith, Orange County Director of Tourism
  • Bruce Twyman, Heritage Tourism Development Manager, Va. Tourism Corp.
  • Ashley Neville, Sr. Investigator Architectural History, Gray & Pape, Inc.
  • Judy Reynolds, Executive Director, Mosby Heritage Area Association

Panel #2

  • Moderator: Deborah Kendall, Orange County Planning Director
  • Doug Stanley, AICP, Warren County Planning Director
  • Sam Crickenberger, Rockbridge County Planning Director
  • Allen Turnbull, Director, BikeWalk Virginia

Panel #3

  • Moderator: Jay Harrison, Executive Director, Orange Downtown Alliance
  • Frederick Nichols, Jr. & Beth Nichols, Owners of Nichols Gallery
  • David Edwards, Director of Winchester Preservation Office, Va. Dept. of Historic Resources
  • Virginia E. McConnell, Tax Credit & Easement Program Manager, Va. Dept. of Historic Resources
  • Amy L. Yarcich, Program Manager, Virginia Main Street Program


  • Jeff Walker, Principal Planner, Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission

Sponsoring Organizations
  • Town of Orange
  • Orange Downtown Alliance
  • Orange County Department of Tourism & Visitors Bureau
  • Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources