Fauquier Estate Recognized

The Waveland estate in Fauquier County has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The register, which is managed by the National Park Service, is the official list of structures, sites, objects and districts that embody the nation's historical and cultural foundations.

Waveland, south of Marshall, is an 866-acre former plantation surrounded by working farms and is home to an 1835 Greek Revival-style mansion.

The house was owned at the beginning of the Civil War by John Augustine Washington III, the first president's great-great nephew and former owner of Mount Vernon, and was frequently visited by Col. John S. Mosby during his career as a partisan ranger.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Board of Historic Resources said it would consider adding the Atoka and Rectortown historic districts in Fauquier to the Virginia Landmarks Register, the official list of resources important to Virginia's local and state history. The board will also consider nominating the two historic districts and about 20 other sites in Virginia to the National Register of Historic Places.

Although a formal historic designation does not impose restrictions or requirements on the owners, the two registers help promote preservation.

The historic designation may qualify properties for a state tax credit, and in some cases, listed properties may also qualify for a federal tax credit.

Symphony Competition

The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra is holding an American Composers Competition with a $1,000 cash prize.

Compositions should be no longer than 10 minutes and cannot have been performed in public or be performed in public before March 2005. Composers must be U.S. citizens. Orchestration is limited to piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four French horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, harp, timpani, percussion (three players) and strings. There should be no choral or vocal parts and no piano, celesta or other keyboard in the scoring.

The score, tape, optional CD, resume and a nonrefundable $20 entrance fee must be sent by Oct. 15 to Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Mark Allen McCoy, PO Box 4478, Leesburg, Va. 20177-8552. A self-addressed envelope or mailer with adequate postage must be included if materials are to be returned.

The winner will be notified by Dec. 1 and must provide parts by Jan. 1. The winning work will be performed by the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra in March. For more information, call 703-771-8287 or visit www.loudounsymphony.org.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD