The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award to Rockhill Creamery of Richmond for its renovation of the Burnham Farm. The project is one of 23 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, New York on Thursday, October 20. Rockhill Creamery began as a family farming operation until it was sold to Peter Schropp and Jennifer Hines in 1986. The new owners saw an opportunity to open a micro-dairy and artisanal cheese operation on the premises and over the next 20 years rehabilitated seven of the farm’s historic structures. Now the egg-cooler building houses the cheese parlor where cheeses are handmade in small batches and aged. The hay barn hosts a summer farmers market and the 1940’s grainary serves as the farm stand and tasting room. Stephanie Meeks, president f the National Trust for Historic Preservation, says the award winners reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable.
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