The Stanley Allee as part of the Village Green Project The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education
Help Us Support This Stanley Family Project
The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education is located in an old brick school house which some of our Stanley cousins attended in Montpelier, Va. The Center's location is near Hanover, Va, the location of immigrant Thomas Stanley's land dating the Stanley roots to the late 1600's. The Center has started developing the Village Green Project which covers part of the area in front of the old school house(brick building on the right) and over to the Sycamore Tavern(white building on the left) next door. It will be a park-like area with brick sidewalks, trees, plants, benches, etc. Both the Center and the Tavern are on the National Historic Register.
Utilizing the front lawn entrances, the Village Green design complements the interior 1929 building. This inviting and engaging project features a performance area, brick court yard and walkways, a rose garden, a serpentine wall, and an out door exhibit on the area of transportation.
A brick walkway invites visitors to a Colonial herb garden at Sycamore Tavern(see below). This connector will strengthen the visual and historic association between the Tavern and the Montpelier Center. The Montpelier Center and Sycamore Tavern have been named Virginia Historic Landmarks, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are contributing members to the Montpelier Historic District. If you go to (click on) The Village Green Project - you can see some of the sidewalk/planting areas already developed in pictures taken during the dedication ceremony.
A request to Stanley families has been made by The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education to help develop the Stanley Allee located in the Village Green. You can view their web page about the Stanley Alee by clicking here.
The purpose of the Stanley Allee is:
To recognize, honor and tribute our ancestors--the early Stanley families and their extraordinary visionaries of freedom and liberty
To recognize their strong presence since 1700
To recognize local heritage in Hanover County, Virginia
The Stanley famiilies (including NSFA) have been approached to consider a $25,000 investment (donation) to support the development of Village Green. The National Stanley Family Association (NSFA) has already approved $2,500 if matching funds are received.
Ann Comfort, Executive Director, of the Montpelier Center, has purposed a way for raising funds to meet the $25,000 goal. Individuals could purchase bricks at a cost of $220 (8” x 8”) or $120 (4” x 8“) in honor or memory of their family. All of these inscribed bricks would be placed together in a sidewalk of the Stanley Allee. The funds raised by the brick sale would count toward the $25,000 goal. If the goal is reached within two years then two additional granite bands (see image to the right) honoring the Stanleys would be added to the sidewalks and a designated area of the Village Green would be recognized as the Stanley Allee. See the attached Stanley Allee brick order and map.
We urge you to consider a donation or purchasing brick(s) to support this endeavor. Your donation is tax deductible since the Montpelier Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. If you have any questions, contact Ann Comfort at 804-883-7378 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Russell Bumpass at 804-883-6448. As Stanleys we have received a special and significant invitation to be a part of "The Village Green” development in a way that would keep the Stanley name in history forever!
If you want to support this project, please download this form, fill it out and mail it in with your check or credit card information. This is an electronic form so you can also fill it out electronically, if you wish, and then print it and mail it.