Historic Watch Found at Habitat Build

ASHLAND, VIRGINIA:  Local Habitat unearthed an engraved 100-year-old pendant watch at the site of their 78th home and through the help of the Ashland Museum, tracked down the descendants of the original owners. On Tuesday, July 11th, at 6 pm, they will have a ceremony at the site – 510 Wesley Street in Ashland – to return the watch to the original owner’s family and share more about this fascinating discovery. Community members are welcome to attend.

Columnist Bill Lohmann from the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote an in-depth article titled “In Ashland, a new house, an old watch and a mystery solved” which was published on Sunday, July 9. Read his words at

The future homeowner of the house Habitat is building will be at the ceremony, as well as representatives from the Ashland Museum, and the Brannan family. Habitat will present the watch to the Brannans and they intend to donate it to the Ashland Museum. The ceremony will be a wonderful way to honor memories from the past, while celebrating the new memories that the Habitat homeowner will make for years to come. Habitat welcomes the entire community to join them at this event.

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About Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity

Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity is a locally run, independent affiliate of Habitat International and is responsible for Hanover and King William Counties. For over 30 years, they have built homes alongside families who pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat’s repair program addresses critical repairs around the home. With their help, and the help of the community, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.