Eric Larsen, Ph.D.
Dr. Larsen has more than 25 years of archaeological experience, having worked with the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and for the University of Maryland on sites in Annapolis, Maryland. He directed fieldwork at the Freedmen’s and Contraband Cemetery for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and most recently assisted with excavations at George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (near Fredericksburg, Virginia) for the George Washington Foundation. He has taught introductory Archaeology classes and trained numerous students through a variety of Field Schools primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States.
Ashley joined the Foundation team in February 2017 as its new Membership Development Manager. Within this role, Ashley focuses on fundraising and membership relations, community outreach, and event planning. She connects up Germanna supporters with one another and deepens the relationships across our 300-year-old community. She looks forward to going out into the community and sharing the history of Germanna and making personal connections with everyone.
Ashley grew up in Rockford, Illinois and received her B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield and her M.A. in Applied History from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She is a Germanna descendant as her 7th great-grandfather was Jacob Crigler and founded Criglersville in Madison County. He was one of many to arrive with that second wave of colonists in 1717.
She comes to the Germanna Foundation after two years as the Tourism & Marketing Manager for The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a nonprofit organization that brings awareness of history, education, conservation and preservation to a 180-mile swath of land ranging from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Charlottesville, Virginia.
In that job, she handled itineraries for domestic and international visitors, marketing and merchandising, and she lead the Certified Tourism Ambassador training that allows people from throughout the Journey Through Hallowed Ground to become more knowledgeable about the region they work in. She interacted with people in the tourism industry ranging from small local businesses to historic sites, hotels, visitor centers, and more.
Before that she worked as a museum educator at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA
Ashley is very excited to be working for the Germanna Foundation and bringing more awareness to the historical and cultural significance of what the Foundation stands for. She says that Germanna is not only an important piece of Virginia’s early history, but the entire country’s as well.
She invites everyone who goes by the Germanna Foundation Visitor Center to stop in sometime and say hi!
Barbara Bounds joined the foundation in September 2011 after eight years of teaching foreign language in the Culpeper and Spotsylvania public schools.
Prior to that she worked for twenty years as an administrative assistant, an accounting clerk, and in electronics purchasing.
From Pittsburgh, PA, she is married to a Spotsylvania native, Gary, who works for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Together they have six children and three grandchildren. They live at Lake of the Woods and enjoy its community activities.
She enjoys the foundation and looks forward to Germanna’s exciting future. Her co-workers add that Barbara’s good cheer, hospitable nature, excellent organizational and planning skills, and her marvelous baking, make her wonderful to work with!
John Howard, our volunteer coordinator, was born in Seattle and lived in Bremerton, Washington until 1966.
He spent three years in the Army and then worked for the Navy in ship design until retirement 38 years later.
His career took him to Washington DC in 1966, where he lived in Arlington and met his wife Ann. They have two married children and three grandchildren.
John retired in 1993. In 1998 they followed two Falls Church neighbors to Lake of the Woods.
John came out of retirement to work first for the Orange County Visitor Center at Germanna in 2004 and then subsequently stayed with the Germanna Foundation when Orange County transferred its visitor operations.
A valuable resource for our visitors, John keeps the library organized and helps others research their family history.
When he is not working at the Center, he keeps busy stamp and beer can collecting.
Visitor Center Docents:
Wilderness Battlefield Grounds Force (Siegen Forest hiking trails maintenance):