Fort Nonsense Park dedicated at ribbon-cutting

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Nov 13, 2013 - 01:00 PM

Photo: The ribbon cutting for Mathews County’s new park at Fort Nonsense was held last Thursday. Among those present were, above photo from left: Bill Spivey of Land Studio, Frank Lansinger of the Mathews County Historical Society, Carol Rizzio of Land Studio, Fort Nonsense “Irregular” Steve Whiteway, Mathews County Administrator Mindy Moran, Tom Teaman of Henry S. Branscome, LLC, and Fort Nonsense Irregulars Pete Jennette and Carlton Brooks. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

The ribbon cutting for Mathews County’s new park at Fort Nonsense was held last Thursday. Among those present were, above photo from left: Bill Spivey of Land Studio, Frank Lansinger of the Mathews County Historical Society, Carol Rizzio of Land Studio, Fort Nonsense “Irregular” Steve Whiteway, Mathews County Administrator Mindy Moran, Tom Teaman of Henry S. Branscome, LLC, and Fort Nonsense Irregulars Pete Jennette and Carlton Brooks. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Several dozen people gathered at Fort Nonsense in Mathews last Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the county’s newest park at the Civil War-era site. Early showers had cleared by 10 a.m., and the ceremony went forward under clearing skies in sweater weather.

Neena Putt, vice chairman of the board of supervisors, welcomed guests, including Del. Keith Hodges; Bill Spivey and Carol Rizzio of Land Studio, which designed the project; Tom Teaman of Henry S. Branscome, LLC, contractor for the project; members of the Mathews County Historical Society; various county officials, and others.

Putt recognized Carlton Brooks of Cumberland, a former Mathews resident and historical society member who "started leading the charge of the Fort Nonsense Irregulars."

"The historical society and other interested people picked up the ball and ran with it," said Putt. "The board of supervisors sees this as an important addition to the county."

Historical society president Reed Lawson gave additional credit to Becky Barnhardt of Mathews Memorial Library for her work in researching the site’s history, expressed appreciation to Mathews resident Jerry Higgins for his donation of a replica Parrott rifle made by Wade Brooks to mark the site, and recognized former historical society chair Constance Ober, who had the original vision for the project. Lawson also recognized the other members of the society’s board 10 years ago who endorsed the project at its inception—Steve Wilson, Clement Dickey, Terry Pletcher, Doug Wilson and Stu Allen.

In addition, Lawson recognized "Fort Nonsense Irregulars" Steve Whiteway, Frank Lansinger and Pete Jennette, as well as author Martha McCartney, who is writing a comprehensive history of the site slated for publication in 2015.