HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Established - October 13th 2001
research, record and preserve the heritage and history of the community known as
Fox Hill, a peninsula on the Peninsula of Hampton, Virginia.
honor and remember those who have gone before us that called this once small
fishing village, home. Officially noted in the record books since 1625 as Fox
In the Beginning . .
Fox Hill Historical Society is an outgrowth of the interest generated by local
historians, sisters-in-law, Manola Patterson Clark and Virginia Johnson Clark
and continued by their friend, Charles Elliott. Manola and Virginia created a
map of Fox Hill and Charles wrote several books and articles.
March of 2001, a group gathered to form what eventually became the Fox Hill
Historical Society. Katie Evans
Arredondo was chair and called meetings from time to time. Members felt the
group needed to become more formal and the Fox Hill Historical Society was
officially founded October 13, 2001, and held its first meeting at the Fox Hill
Community Center in Fox Hill, Virginia. The charter members elected the
following as the first officers: Katie Evans Arredondo was president; Judy Clark
Riss, vice president; Rosemarie Arredondo Kidd, secretary and Brenda Thomas
We meet on the second
Saturday of each month for a general business meeting, focused on genealogy and
history of Fox Hill and its families past and present. The Society established a
constitution and by-laws.
We currently have a
genealogy committee, history committee, and a cemetery committee, that report
their activities at our business meetings. All of our committees are open to
anyone interested in preserving any of these areas.
for communication with members became obvious, and at the urging of Judy Riss, a
newsletter was begun, and sent out. The first issue was in July of 2003. Judy is
the editor and publisher. We hope to continue with newsletters on a regular
basis. The first newsletter was sent to several transplanted Fox Hillians who
Katie Arredondo has served as president, Judy Riss as vice president, and Rosemarie Kidd as secretary since the beginning of the Society. Brenda Watson was the original treasurer. Cheryl Evans replaced Melodye Ballard as treasurer.
Members felt the group needed to formally incorporate as a non-profit organization. In September of 2003, the society was incorporated under the laws of the State of Virginia. The initial Board of Directors were: Katie Evans Arredondo, Judy Clark Riss, Rosemarie Arredondo Kidd, David Routten and Melodye Ballard who signed the Articles of Incorporation.
The IRS has granted us status as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501 (c) (3) in September 2003. Now the Society can receive charitable contributions.
focus has been on:
history of the Fox Hill area, |
information on early settlers, |
stories of the schools and local organizations, and |
|working with schools and service of young people to the community.|
In 2001, six women met at
the home of Ann Johnson Behm. Clark Cemetery is the largest one in Fox Hill and
maintenance is managed by the Clark Perpetual Care Association. There are
several cemeteries in Fox Hill which have been taken over by the Society. The
Society did a walking survey of the burials and reconstructed the records from
We have tried to document the many changes taking place in the city, especially in the past few years as the city grows, and buildings and older homes are moved or demolished, and new ones take their place.
We have written a book on local history in pictures with Arcadia Publishing
which is currently at the printers. This book covers the our beginning as a
fishing village, a trip through Fox Hill focusing on the buildings and their
significance, a chapter on families and family history and the last chapter on
our heroes who served their country during the Civil War, World War I, and World
War II. We regularly have speakers and programs on a variety of historical
subjects such as early agriculture, 1933 hurricane, Civil War ceremony honoring
veterans, Revolutionary War artillery reenactment, and genealogy workshops.
We have written a cookbook, Eating on the Dock of the Bay, which is available from the society or the Hampton History Museum.
We are currently working on a second Arcadia book which we hope to publish early next year.
Fox Hill Historical Society Home
We are currently raising
funds in order to purchase a building as "home" for the Society. We
will use the building to house artifacts of the community as well as storing
genealogical records which would be available to everyone.
Contact us at:
Katie Arredondo, President
208 Beach Road
Hampton Virginia 23664