The Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle archaeological site has been nominated for inclusion on the World Monuments Fund 2016 Watch List. The Watch List, published every two years, calls international attention to cultural heritage sites around the globe that are at risk from the forces of nature or the impact of social, political, and economic change, and aids in identifying important places with compelling opportunities for positive change.
As the Germanna Foundation re-starts archaeological exploration and interpretation of the Fort Germanna and Enchanted Castle site (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), increasing awareness of the fragile site’s significance is our main reason for seeking inclusion on the 2016 Watch List. The nomination also helps the Germanna Foundation prepare to seek Historic Landmark status from the Secretary of the Interior for our properties as recommended by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
The Orange County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors endorsed our nomination to the World Monuments Fund, stating,”Additional awareness of the importance of the Enchanted Castle site will serve to enhance the Foundation’s historic preservation and archaeology efforts, as well as the County’s long-range development planning activities.”
You may read the entire letter, signed by Chairman Lee Frame, here.