William Scott Breckinridge Smith
Revolutionary War Reenacting
has been active in living history and Revolutionary War reenacting for
over a decade. He has been involved with several units over the years,
including Crockett's Western Battalion, the 7th
Virginia Regiment, and Gaskins'
Virginia Battalion. He is currently working with the Department
of the Geographer to the Army, a unit of the Brigade
of the American Revolution.
Smith has participated in the filming of several historical motion pictures, including The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (1995), The Patriot (2000). He has also worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the History Channel, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Historical Surveying & Mapmaking
includes a number of surveyors, including his grandfather Stratton
Walker (Campbell County, 20th century) and his 7th great grandfather, William
Cabell (Albemarle County, 18th century), which probably helped spark
his interest in historic surveying and mapmaking.
He collects antique and reproduction surveying and drafting instruments, and is a member of the Surveyors Historical Society. As a way of learning about the history and techniques of surveying, Smith is a member of the Department of the Geographer to the Army, a Revolutionary War era living history group focused on surveying and mapmaking.
Scott manages the Surveying History Email List, which has about 100 members. See below to join:
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Boy Scouts of America - Venturing, BSA - Order of the Arrow
been involved with Scouting since he was a Cub Scout in Pack 43,
Amherst, Virginia. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 43, he earned the rank
of Eagle Scout and worked on staff at Camp Powhatan for several years.
In 1990, he was inducted into the Order
of the Arrow, Scouting's honor society. In the OA, he served on the Tutelo
Lodge #161 ceremonies team, and held numerous leadership positions,
including Chapter Chief, Lodge Treasurer, Lodge Secretary, Publications
Chairman, and Vigil Selections Chairman.
In 1993, he was elected Section Secretary of SR-6, which covered parts of the states of Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia. Later that year, he became Section Chief of the newly formed SR-6B. In the fall of '93, he was chosen to receive the Vigil Honor, and was named "Concerned Captain." Scott was elected Conference Vice Chief of Public Relations at the 1994 National Order of the Arrow Conference, and served on staff at the 1993 & 1997 National Scout Jamborees (OA Service Corps & Odyssey of the Law, respectively), the 1995 OA Philmont Retreat (Special Events), as well as the 1996 National OA Conference (Public Relations). Tutelo Lodge presented him with the Founder's Award in 1995, and in 1996, Scott was honored with the National Distinguished Service Award (DSA).
Scott was active with the Exploring Program as a youth, and earned the Exploring G.O.L.D. Award. As an adult, he served on the National Outdoor Venturing Committee, and is Crew Advisor for Venturing Crew 1776 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Geocaching, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Camping
|Scott loves the outdoors, and
participates in a number of activities, including fly fishing, canoeing,
mountain biking, camping, and geocaching.
Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt guided by GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. Scott owns several of the Lynchburg area's most interesting caches, including "Blackbeard's Blackwater" and "Stonewall's Last Ride." In addition, Scott participates in the U.S. Geologic Survey's National Map Corps program.
Scott is a former Chairman (gubernatorial appointee) of the Virginia State Parks Foundation, and served as Vice President of the Skyline Chapter of Trout Unlimited for several years. Scott also serves on the board of directors of the Blackwater Creek Association.
Historic Architecture, Historic Preservation & Community Development
|From 2001 to 2006,
Scott served as Executive Director of Bedford
Main Street, Inc., a local affiliate of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation's Main
Street Center. There, he guided economic development, historic
preservation, building and infrastructure design, and special events for
the Historic Centertown District. In early 2006, he began a new position
as a Regional Development Specialist with Virginia's
Region 2000 Local Government Council. There, he works with the
Region 2000 member localities (the counties of Amherst, Appomattox,
Bedford, Campbell, and the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg) to develop
and manage infrastructure and community development projects. In 2005,
Smith became the Southwestern Section Director for the Virginia Chapter
of the American Planning
Scott has served as a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation on several occasions, and is managing partner of The Antiquaries, LC, an historical research and consulting firm based in Lynchburg. In 2004, he was appointed by city council to serve on the Lynchburg Museum System Advisory Board, and was elected Vice President of the Lynchburg Museum Foundation in 2005. Smith is a member of the Jamestown 2007 Ambassador Speaker's Bureau, and makes presentations about Virginia's 400th Anniversary to community groups on behalf of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
He and his wife Emily recently completed the total restoration of the circa 1813 Dicks-Elliott House in Lynchburg. The house received a Merit Award from the Lynchburg Historical Foundation in 2006, and was featured on HGTV's "Old Homes Restored" and "Dream Builders".
James River Batteau Festival
|Scott has been
involved with the James
River Batteau Festival in some way since it's beginning in 1986. He
has served as crew on a number of boats, including the Spirit of
Amherst, Anthony Rucker, Fluvanna, Captain Staunton,
Nekoosa, Frank Padgett, and Ole Sam.
He was Captain of the Blackwater in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and received the JRBF's Thousand Miler Award. He served on the JRBF's board of directors during its transition to becoming a committee of the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society.
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