About Me

I’m so glad you found my blog! Here is a little bit about my background in historic preservation:

I am the current chair of the Clarke County (Virginia) Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). We oversee two local historic districts – the White Post Historic District and the Millwood Commercial Historic District – and review applications for alterations to existing buildings and new construction within those two districts. Clarke County has a wealth of historic resources, as evidenced by the county’s nine National Register and Virginia Landmarks Register historic districts, nearly 30 individually-listed properties and two National Historic Landmarks. While the HPC has no regulatory role outside of the two local historic districts, we do have a role in educating the public about the county’s historic resources and advocating for their preservation.

I am a founding board member of the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association, dedicated to preserving and restoring the former Stone’s Chapel Presbyterian Church, built in 1848, in northern Clarke County. For more information about our efforts, visit www.stoneschapel.org.

I am a former Main Street Program manager. I was the program manager for the City of Lancaster, Texas, from 1996-1998.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Public History, with a concentration in Historic Preservation, from the University of South Carolina.

I am also a freelance writer and photographer. For more information about my writing, including links to recent articles, visit my website at www.betsyarnett.com.

Thanks for visiting. I welcome your comments and feedback!

All the best,