About Us

Our Commissioners

The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission consists of five appointed members. These commissioners have expertise and knowledge in the areas of architecture, historic architecture, archaeology, historic preservation, and local history. The JCHLC is charged with aiding the county government and its citizens in the protection and preservation of our local historic resources. The JCHLC meets at 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of every other month. Meetings are held in the Jefferson County Commission room in the basement of the Charles Town Library.

Martin Burke

Chair

Martin Burke is an objects conservator. He holds degrees from University of Michigan, Shepherd University, and pursued graduate studies at George Washington University. For seventeen years he was an objects conservator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution and for thirteen years Head Conservator at Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Term Expires: 3/31/24

Jim King

Jim King is a registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and recognized as a historic architect per 36 CFR 61 through the West Virginia Department of Culture and History. Upon graduation with a Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, he began working for Paul D. Marshall Associates, then the state’s foremost firm in historic preservation. Projects were scattered throughout West Virginia and included the Phillipi Covered Bridge, Blennerhassett Mansioin, Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, and the West Virginia State Capitol building. After relocating to the area, and with the wealth of historic properties and opportunities to perserve this region’s past, he continues to work in perservation and is eager to serve as a commissioner.

Term Expires: 3/31/22

Jack Hefestay

Treasurer

Jack Hefestay, is a graduate of the University of Colorado where he majored in US and European history diplomatic topics. He is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with 25 years experience active and reserve duty.  Additionally, he was also employed by several large aerospace corporations as a system engineer/integrator before retiring in 2004. After retirement Jack and his wife of over four decades settled in the region where his ancestors first laid roots in the mid-1750s.

Term Expires: 3/31/22

John Demer

Acting Secretary

John Demer holds an undergraduate degree from Colby College and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware where he was a Winterthur Fellow. He is an air force veteran. For 30 years he worked at the Interpretive Design Center of the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, principally in its division of historic furnishings. In recent years he has volunteered with the JCHLC. He is completing a term on the Historic Shepherdstown Commission. He and Margaret, his wife, have lived in Shepherdstown since 1983.

Term Expires: 3/31/24

Addison Reese

Commissioner

Addison Reese has a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. She has been a special education teacher for more than ten years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and is a caretaker/site manager for the Kearneysville Methodist/Boyd Carter Memorial Cemetery.  Addison has also written historical articles for the Shepherdstown Observer. Before becoming a commissioner, she was a volunteer for the JCHLC.  

Term Expires: 3/31/24

Patrick Fuller

AmeriCorps Member

Patrick Fuller is a recent graduate of Shepherd University and currently serves as an AmeriCorps member with the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission. During his time at Shepherd, he served as president of the university’s Living History Club and president of the Pi-Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. A Baltimore native, Patrick currently lives in Shepherdstown.

Term Expires: 8/30/2022