About Us


The mission of the Hillsboro Preservation Foundation is to preserve, protect and honor the legacy and future of the greater Hillsboro region—its rural heritage, its iconic landscapes and farmlands, and the community and people who inhabit it.


The Hillsboro Preservation Foundation was formed in 2005 when plans for rampant development threatened some of the most historically important and environmentally sensitive farmland, forests, mountainsides, and open spaces in the Hillsboro area. Through organization and education, the HPF helped to forestall from development and ultimately protect hundreds of acres of land that has been placed into permanent conservation easements. The HPF continued during the past decade to be a leading advocate for preservation of land and landmarks, most notably raising funds for the ongoing restoration and preservation of Hillsboro’s Old Stone School.



At the start of the 21st century the Hillsboro area was under imminent threat from development on Short Hill Mountain, encroaching on the town’s outskirts and on sensitive lands. Concurrently, Hillsboro and historic Charles Town Pike (Route 9) were being inundated by a growing torrent of thousands of commuters, overburdening the two-lane highway and severely impacting the historic town, and the quality of life of all those along   the corridor.

In response, the Hillsboro Preservation Foundation was formed in 2005 as a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic Town of Hillsboro and saving the historic and rural integrity of the surrounding homes, farms, open  spaces, landmarks, and the forests of Short Hill Mountain. Through preservation, restoration and education, the organization seeks to ensure that historic Hillsboro and its environs continue to exist and provide succeeding generations with unique insight and understanding of life in an early-American community.

The original HPF board members included:

Patric Copeland, President Roger Vance
Belle Ware, Vice President Gregory Burnside
Maura Walsh-Copeland, Secretary Mhairi Ginzburg
Maureen Tucker, Treasurer Matt Parse
Matt Danielson Nan Schramm
Ben Lenhart Sherry Vance


The HPF identified land, farms, and structures in the area that were at risk from development and worked cooperatively with property owners and land trusts to offer economically competitive alternatives to traditional residential development through conservation easements. The organization supported the efforts of local residents to forestall the development efforts on Short Hill Mountain and supported the Town’s project for traffic calming on Route 9 through Hillsboro, which was completed in 2021.

The HPF has continued to educate about land conservation and during the past decade has been a leading advocate for preservation of land and landmarks, most notably raising funds for the ongoing restoration and preservation of Hillsboro’s Old Stone School.

Historic preservation, environmental preservation and community preservation were the original HPF goals and continue today through its mission to preserve, protect and honor the Hillsboro region’s rural heritage, landscapes and farmlands and community by preserving landmarks and landscapes, promoting arts and culture and serving neighbors in need.


Marking the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Hillsboro area residents published Hillsboro: Memories of a Mill Town. That book’s final, prescient paragraph continues to guide us today:

Chance has preserved the Hillsboro area up to now; in the future we will have to work at it. There is much here to delight the eye and soothe the spirit, but only the interested, informed, and watchful citizens, planning together, can save it for the future.”