Historic Smithfield Plantation celebrated the completion of a new roof this spring. April 7, 2008 we were joined by First Lady of Virginia, Anne Holton, APVA Preservation VA Executive Director, Elizabeth Kostelny, APVA Preservation VA Director of Preservation Services, Loius Malon, Blacksburg Mayor, Ron Rordam and Norfolk -Southern Vice President of Coal, Danny Smith. Tom Tillar, president of the Smithfield-Preston Foundation also joined in the ceremony as he presented gifts to our guests.
The roof is a shake shingle roof in keeping with the original roof on the 1774 house. Wayne Simpson and his crew from New River Valley Roofing did the work in a very timely and skilled manor. Copper flashing was used around chimneys and corners as well as along the ridgeline. This will help to extend the life of the shingles as the rain will wash minerals from the copper over the roof which will inhibit the growth of algae and other things that speed disintegration of the shakes. The old roof was over 40 years old and had shown signs of failure as shingles had been blown off, rotted off or were harboring sites where things could actually grow!
We are extremely pleased with the new roof which was made possible through a generous grant from the Norfolk-Southern Foundation and support from APVA Preservation Virginia.