Fundraising Events

For local friends and supporters, PVAS periodically holds fundraising receptions and garden parties in and around the Eastern Panhandle. These events are typically held in the spring or fall. Food and beverages are served, and musical entertainment provides background. Dress is always casual. And there is often a silent auction full of fun items. All proceeds are used to support our educational programs.

Our upcoming fundraiser is Oktoberfest at Clay Hill! We hope you'll join us on Sunday, October 29th from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. for a delicious German-themed meal and seasonally appropriate wines and beers.

Constructed circa 1828, Clay Hill is one of five “sister” houses in Jefferson County commissioned by local landowner John Hurst for his daughters and son. The four other Hurst homes include Snow Hill, Woodlawn, Roxley, and LaGrange.

Built in the Federal style, Clay Hill boasts Flemish bond brickwork, Greek Revival interior finishes, eight reconstructed fireplaces, original heart pine flooring, and authentic wood fittings of walnut, fir, and oak.

The home is currently owned by the Strider family. Bill Strider is the current resident of Clay Hill. His great-great grandfather, Irvin Sechrist, purchased the property after winning $10,000 in the Maryland lottery – the exact cost of the house and surrounding farmland. Aside from a brief period when the home was vacant or rented, members of the Strider-Fulk-Sechrist family have lived at Clay Hill since the 1880s. In 2007, the Strider family undertook an ambitious 24-month renovation, restoring much of the house to its original condition.

The property totals 275 acres, and has been used as a dairy farm, orchard, pasture, and grain farm over the years. Amidst the expansive acreage, Clay Hill sits on the exact East-West center of Jefferson County. This advantageous position aligns the house and sun to the minute, affording spectacular sunrise and sunset views every day of the year. With any luck, we will enjoy one of these sunsets on October 29th...we hope to see you there!

Space is always limited at these events and reservations are required. To make a reservation, follow the event link above or request a paper invitation by mail. To request a paper invitation with mail-in RSVP card, contact Erin Shaw at (304) 703-2510, or

PVAS also maintains an invitation list for these events. If you live in and around the Eastern Panhandle and would like to be included on this list for future events, or if you have any questions, please contact Erin. 

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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
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Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016

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