THS Members’ Event featuring Ed McMahon – Oct. 21, 2021

Toano Historical Society hosted its Fall Event for THS Members and special guests at the Martin-Farinholt Store on October 21, 2021. The guest speaker for the evening was Ed McMahon, the former Chair of Main Street America and current Chair of Sustainable Development and Economic Policy for the Urban Land Institute in Washington DC.

Ed McMahon speaks at THS Fall 2021 Members’ Event

Mr. McMahon spoke about the importance of historic preservation and community revitalization in small towns. He shared some benefits small town character brings, including a small downtown, providing a strong sense of community, the attractiveness of green spaces, walkable/bikeable pedestrian areas and mixed-use buildings. He discussed how historic preservation and community revitalization can go hand-in-hand by incorporating history into architecture. He provided examples of successful  revitalization efforts in other locations across the U.S. that are similar to the Toano community.


Check out this short YouTube video summarizing the event by clicking here.

Thank you to all the THS members and special guests in attendance. We look forward to having more THS Members Events in the future. If you are interested in becoming a THS member, please visit the Membership page on our website for more information.

More photos from the event can be found in the THS Galleries folder under Faces & Places