Historical Commission

Regular Meetings

  • Bimonthly
  • September through May
2020-21 Calendar

All regular meetings of the Historical Commission take place at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Historical Commission Group Photo


  • Fred Boelt
    Term Expires: June 30, 2021 
    District: Powhatan
  • Adrienne Carter
    Term Expires: June 30, 2022 
    District: Jamestown
  • Chris Hamilton-Petteys 
    Term Expires: June 30, 2020 
    District: Powhatan
  • Russell Henke 
    Term Expires: June 30, 2021 
    District: Roberts
  • Mark Jakobowski;
    Term Expires: June 30, 2020;
    District: Roberts

  • Lafayette Jones
    Term Expires: June 30, 2020
    District: Nonresident
  • Alain Outlaw 
    Term Expires: June 30, 2022
    District: Roberts
  • Stephen Phillips
    Term Expires: June 30, 2022
    District: Roberts
  • Ben Swenson
    Term Expires: June 30, 2021
    District: Stonehouse
Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for 3-year terms.


The mission of the Historical Commission is to further the efforts of the County to document, commemorate, preserve, protect, and promote the rich historical heritage of James City County. The Commission is responsible for documenting, commemorating, and preserving the historic legacy of James City County.

Get Involved
Want to get involved? The Historical Commission is always accepting applications for new members! If you’re interested, fill out an Application to Serve.

The Historical Commission was established by the Board of Supervisors on July 8, 1985, to document, commemorate, preserve, and promote public interest in the history and historic legacy of the County. In pursuance of the objectives, the Commission, in cooperation as appropriate with the County agencies and with other public or private bodies, shall perform the following functions:
  • To survey, identify, and document historic buildings and sites within the County, as well as people, place names, and events.
  • To assemble, preserve, and complete historical information, including oral histories.
  • To advise the County government and appropriate private parties by providing information regarding historic sites and the impact that land development may have upon them.
  • To increase public awareness of the County’s history by conducting and encouraging activities at all educational levels that will stimulate interest in the history and archaeology of the County.
  • To assist property owners and disseminate information regarding various state and federal programs which can assist in historic preservation.