About Us

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 month. Meetings are held in the Jefferson County Commission room in the basement of the Charles Town Library.


The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commissioners are:

Martin Burke, Chair, is an objects conservator and proprietor of Terrapin Neck Conservation, LLC in Shepherdstown, WV. 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).


Eric Jenkins is a Classroom Teacher at Wildwood Middle School, Shenandoah Junction, WV.  Mr. Jenkins teaches 6th grade American History, he is active in heritage education and serves as the Landmarks Commissions’ liaison to interpretative groups working at the Peter Burr Farm at Kearneysville, WV.


Curt Mason, Treasurer, is a retired federal government oceanographer from Summit Point, WV.  He is the creator and manager of an extensive and constantly growing email list about upcoming events in the Eastern Panhandle, Washington County and the Winchester, Va., area.  He is active in the Historic Shepherdstown Commission, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Happy Retreat preservation effort, promotes events for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and joined the Shepherdstown Rotary Club.


Sara Lambert, Secretary, is principal at Sara Lambert Architect, in Shepherdstown, WV. Ms. Lambert holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and Masters in Architecture from UCLA and has been a practicing architect for nineteen years. She served on the City of Sonoma, California Planning Commission and works to promote the value of preserving the built history and how it defines the character of our community.


H.S. Leigh Koonce is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, who currently lives near Summit Point. An active writer, he has reported for both The Spirit of Jefferson and The Observer and his creative writing has appeared in a number of publications. Koonce’s areas of interest include county and state political history and the history of education in Jefferson County. At present he is working on a book length project compiling statistics and anecdotes pertaining to Jefferson County elections from 1952-2012.  He is the great-great-grandson of George Koonce, who was the first delegate to the WV House from Jefferson County, and the great-great-great grandson of John Alstadt, who was kidnapped by John Brown during his raid on Harpers Ferry.


Commissioner Term Expiration:

Eric Jenkins – 3/6/18
Martin Burke – 3/6/18
Curt Mason 3/6/19
Sara Lambert 3/6/17
Leigh Koonce 3/6/19

Lauren Kelly is an AmeriCorps member serving with the Historic Landmarks Commission through the Preserve WV AmeriCorps Program and the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.  She has a B.A. in History/Historic Preservation from Shepherd University.