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Enter to win one of 30 $25 Cabela’s Canada gift cards paired with heart-shaped fudge. You can have the best of both worlds!  We are also giving away GoPro as the official grand prize.

Enter to win one of 30 $25 Cabela’s Canada gift cards paired with heart-shaped fudge. You can have the best of both worlds! We are also giving away GoPro as the official grand prize.

Restoration!

Preserving the history of a life-changing place before it crumbles - Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond VA

Short Video about Belmead-on-the-James, Powhatan County, Virginia

This three minute video was made by Preservation Virginia staff to accompany a nonimation to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2011 Most Endange.

St. Francis de Sales High School Building

St. Francis de Sales High School Building

Ornate stanied glass windows in the chapel inside the long-empty St. Francis de Sales High School, located on the property at Belmead on the James in Powhatan County, VA March 4, 2013. A small group of nuns are working to preserve the history and heritage of the ante-bellum mansion and the school on the property.

Ornate stanied glass windows in the chapel inside the long-empty St. Francis de Sales High School, located on the property at Belmead on the James in Powhatan County, VA March 4, 2013. A small group of nuns are working to preserve the history and heritage of the ante-bellum mansion and the school on the property.

A statue of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the rear of the chapel inside the long-empty St. Francis de Sales High School.

A statue of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the rear of the chapel inside the long-empty St.

St. Francis de Sales  " Yes, it was old and some parts of it are certainly decaying, but those appearances don't reflect the real feel of the place.  It's a building of high ceilings, warm light, and solitude."

Francis de Sales " Yes, it was old and some parts of it are certainly decaying, but those appearances don't reflect the real feel of the place. It's a building of high ceilings, warm light, and solitude.