01/10/2019 Release from the County of Fluvanna:

The newly constructed Fluvanna Farm Heritage Museum at Pleasant Grove has been awarded national recognition for its design and construction.

Fluvanna County and the Fluvanna Historical Society were notified last week that the museum has won second place in an annual national competition conducted by the National Frame Building Association (NFBA). There were hundreds of entries in the Institutional Building category costing up to $6 million. Criteria for the award included architectural design, engineering, color presentation as well as intended use. The award will be made to the contractor at the NFBA’s annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky in March 2019. 

The Farm Heritage Museum is a joint project of Fluvanna County and the Historical Society. Its construction was completed in early 2018 and was dedicated at that time. The total cost of the project was slightly over $300,000 with $287,000 of that amount coming from the Society, its members and funds raised from regional charitable foundations. The museum will display historic equipment related to Fluvanna’s rich agricultural history, much of which is being donated by local farmer, John May. Betty McGehee is chairing the committee designing and installing the museum’s exhibits. “This honor is well merited. The museum building is an attractive addition to the Pleasant Grove museum and trail complex in the center of Fluvanna’s property. We should all be proud that hundreds of citizens made the museum possible by their dedicated hard work and their generous contributions to its construction” said Society president Marvin Moss. It will be a central attraction at the Society’s annual celebration of rural life in the county – Old Farm Day which will be held once again this year on May 4, 2019. 

Mike Sheridan, Chair of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, said “This award recognizes the great job the county and the Historical Society did in designing and constructing this beautiful building. It will be a lasting part of Fluvanna’s heritage. It would not have received this national award without the involvement of so many citizens.” 

Once completed, the Farm Heritage Museum will be operated by the Fluvanna County Department of Parks and Recreation and will be open to the public.