Waterford Foundation to Highlight African American Heritage

The Waterford Foundation will honor its African American heritage during an ice cream social and tours of historic sites Saturday, Sept. 9.

​            From 2 to 4 p.m. various African American historic sites in the National Landmark village will be open for tours.

​            “We envision this as a day of history and healing in our historic village,” said Thomas Kuehhas, executive director of the Waterford Foundation. “With ice cream, period interpreters, gospel music, and a walking tour through the village, it should be a fun day for the whole family.”

​            The program will begin at the Second Street School and include guided walking tours through Waterford’s African American past along Second and Main Streets to the old John Wesley Community Church. Here they will hear remarks from County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large); meet “Hattie” and the Female Re-enactors of Distinction from D.C.’s African American Civil War Museum; participate in a short service led by Pastor Michelle C. Thomas with the music of a gospel choir; and view an exhibit of historic artifacts, documents, and photos that explore Waterford’s Underground Railroad history and how the John Wesley Church was built by lantern light in 1891 by our African American community.

​            Ice cream will be available for purchase from an area creamery. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s new Lantern Light Fund established to share Waterford’s African American heritage sites, stories, and artifacts.
​            For more information, go to waterfordfoundation.org or call 540-882-3018.