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July 4, 2023: We were thrilled to host the second annual Petersburg Independence Day Fireworks Show at the Petersburg Harbor on July 3, 2023. This year, we had music, more food trucks, and an even bigger fireworks display that did not disappoint. This was an amazing community event that drew thousands to the Petersburg Harbor, and we look forward to hosting the show for years to come. We’re grateful for the partnership with the City of Petersburg, and sponsorship from Meridian Waste and B&T Towing.


January 25, 2023: After securing tenants in the former Petersburg Pepsi facility, Waukeshaw sold the property to an investment group from Northern Virginia, showing that Petersburg continues to get noticed by investors and businesses looking to grow. Read about our sale here.


October 2022: We were excited to host Peggy Sijswerda of Virginia Living experience all that Camp Trapezium has to offer. From our barrel-aged beers brewed with wild yeast, to our on-site farm that supplies our pizza kitchen, to our 8 suite Airbnb farmhouse, Peggy perfectly captures the essence of Camp Trapezium in this piece. While it’s not yet available online, peep it early here –>Camp Trapezium-Virginia Living


October 15, 2022: Waukeshaw was a proud partner in the 2022 Festival of Grapes & Hops. With our sister company, Trapezium Brewing, being the only craft brewery in Petersburg and one of few in the whole Tri Cities region, we felt that it was important that our team played a role in Petersburg’s largest beer and wine festival. Our team members chaired the planning committee, volunteered at the event, and we donated the use of the Petersburg Harbor to the SOVA Chamber for the event. Ultimately, the event brought out over 3,000 attendees, over 50 craft vendors, and lots of excitement about the future of Petersburg. We were glad to play a role in the success of the first Festival of Grapes & Hops since 2019.


July 3, 2022: We hosted the first ever Trapezium Brewing Independence Day Fireworks Show at the Petersburg Harbor in partnership with the City of Petersburg and it was a true success. This event was the debut of the Harbor property and embodied our exact vision-an outdoor space where the community can come together and enjoy all that Petersburg has to offer. Over 1,000 people came out to experience great beer, food, and fun!


June 29, 2022: While we are best known for our hospitality and multifamily projects, Waukeshaw has ventured into other spaces as well including office and industrial real estate. We really enjoyed our work with One South Realty to transition the former Boy Scouts of America office into the new home of 3North Architects. Read about our work on this property here.


May 25, 2022: It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Bill Wydner. The Wydner family sold Waukeshaw what is now the home of Camp Trapezium and guided us as we became part of the Amherst community and made the property our own. “Bill wasn’t just a well-known or nice person — he was one of those people who was literally a place-maker, and was a foundational part of the culture of this entire area,” said our company President, Dave McCormack. Read more about Bill’s influence on our work and the Amherst community here.


April 28, 2022: We celebrated the grand opening of the Chief Tassel building, our newest multifamily property in the heart of Uptown Martinsville. Chief Tassel sat vacant for years before Waukeshaw partnered with the City of Martinsville for the second time to reinvigorate this incredible property and make it a vibrant part of Uptown. With a mix of furnished and unfurnished apartments and ground floor commercial space, the Chief Tassel building has a new life.


April 28, 2022: It’s no secret that we suffered a devastating loss when the former Bedford Middle School caught fire as a result of arson in January 2020. While the fire was incredibly damaging, we resolved to finish the project and give the building and entire school campus a new life. We made good on that promise when we raised the cupola and mounted it on top of the building that just a year and a half prior was a burned out shell. The cupola was a symbol of unity within the Bedford community, a symbol that we proudly restored this year. As we continue construction on this property, we look forward to completing the Middle School’s transformation into an apartment building and welcoming our first residents.


March 3, 2022: One of the most important things we did in 2021 was partner with Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program to provide services to 9 Afghan refugee families who fled Kabul when the Taliban reclaimed control of the country. Since our partnership began, we’ve come to know our new community members, and feel so lucky to have them as neighbors and friends. VPM’s Focal Point featured the stories of some of these individuals and spoke about our partnership in their episode about refugees. You can watch that episode here.


January 28, 2022: After years of discussion with the City of Petersburg, we have finally procured the Petersburg Harbor site and are moving quickly to transform it into Petersburg’s premier event venue. Stay tuned for our 2022 events calendar!


January 8, 2022: We’re honored to have two of the 5 spots in reporter Justin Faulconer’s Top 5 Stories line up of 2021 for The News & Advance! With the opening of The Westie in May and Camp Trapezium in June, we made great strides towards our goals of bringing more offerings to Amherst County. We’re excited to continue our work in and with the County for years to come.


December 1, 2021: One of Waukeshaw’s first creations was arguably our least known operation-Plum Street Partners Property Management. When Dave opened the Mayton Transfer Lofts, there weren’t any property management companies in Petersburg that met Dave’s standards of customer service, so he started his own. After 11 years of serving our residents, we sold Plum Street to Dodson Property Management to continue on the good work of providing quality housing with great amenities in Petersburg! Read more about the acquisition here.


November 9, 2021: After years of admiring this beast of a property, we took the plunge and acquired 600 W. Wythe St. in Petersburg. This 255,000 SF former luggage factory is comprised of 13 buildings with classic factory features like wooden beams and gorgeous masonry. Read more about the historic Virginia Trunk & Bag Co. deal here.


September 8, 2021: Virginia Living captured the true essence of what we do in this profile of Dave, Emily, and Waukeshaw.


August 9, 2021: In addition to our more well-known projects, Waukeshaw has recently acquired a variety of investment properties. This includes our purchase of the former Boy Scouts HQ in Richmond’s West End. Working with 3North as our tenant and project partner, this building is in the process of undergoing renovations to give it modern design and meet 3North’s needs.


June 11, 2021: Our dream of making Camp Trapezium a reality came true on June 10th as we welcomed the community to take a look. Camp Trapezium specializes in mixed fermentation beers, with a special focus on Virginia-grown ingredients, including some grown right on location at our permaculture farm. Featuring 76 acres of pristine farmland and a newly renovated farmhouse for Airbnb rentals, Camp Trapezium is the epitome of a country getaway in the heart of Virginia. Our friends at The News & Advance captured the event beautifully.


April 29, 2021: After years of work and many questions as to whether it could be done, the redevelopment of the former Phelps Road School was complete and we opened The Westie to the public! With 41 pet-friendly apartments, an amazing location, and an accompanying dog park to come, The Westie is now the premier apartment building in Amherst County. Click here to see photos from our ribbon-cutting ceremony!


September 30, 2020: You heard it here first, we’re calling it ‘The Westie” and welcoming pet owners with open arms! Check out the work we’re doing at the former Phelps School in Madison Heights, coming in 2021!


September 30, 2020: Camp Trapezium will be a completely new offering to Amherst County, but will feel like the mill it has always been. Find out more about the project’s progress and plans in the News Advance.


June 3, 2020: Winton Farm is really coming along, and we are so excited to open it up for overnight accommodations. Click here to read about what changes we’re making to welcome guests into our pool house and soon, the Manor House!

*Update! Stay at our AirBnB today!*


December 16, 2019: While we have projects across Virginia and North Carolina, Waukeshaw is still hard at work in our hometown of Petersburg. Read about the 10th anniversary of Demolition Coffee, our plans for the Petersburg riverfront, and our recent property acquisition here.


November 19, 2019: Waukeshaw was honored to be given the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation’s award for Adaptive Reuse for our work on The Billy Byrd in Vinton, VA. We are thankful for the RVPF and this recognition of our efforts to bring historic buildings back to life. Read more about our project and the other wonderful work that was honored this year.


October 10, 2019: We had the pleasure of welcoming the community into The Billy Byrd, our new 83 -unit apartment building in Vinton, VA. Incredible views and Classic Revival Architecture are just a two features that make this building so special, find out more in The Roanoke Times. The Billy Byrd is leasing now!


September 14, 2019: Work is well underway in Amherst County at all three of our project locations. Learn more about the history we are working to preserve in this piece by the News & Advance.


June 25, 2019: It’s official! Beale’s is venturing east across Virginia, and we can’t wait to discover what treasure lies ahead. Thanks to the Daily Press for spreading the word.


June 10, 2019: Both Dave McCormack, President of Waukeshaw, and the company have interesting histories with exciting futures ahead. Richmond Magazine tells all in this fantastic profile.


January 10, 2019: Whirligig Station has started pre-leasing. Read in more detail about this multifamily housing project, and the historic gems inside!


September 21, 2018: The Amherst Mill, soon to be Camp Trapezium, was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.  Find out more about the history of the Mill here.


July 19, 2018: “Esoteric” and “adventurous” are just two words that describe the beers on tap at Trapezium Brewing (and beyond). Many thanks to The Virginian-Pilot for this excellent profile of Trapezium!


June 26, 2018: The Mayton Transfer Lofts, our first major project in Petersburg totaling 225 units across 3 acres of land, sold to a Richmond-area real estate firm and became the largest private investment in the City of Petersburg in decades. Learn more about this historic deal here.


March 8, 2018: Beale’s flagship beer, Beale’s Gold, has been gaining traction across the Commonwealth. Thanks to the Smith Mountain Eagle for this excellent write-up about our distribution and our taproom! If you haven’t visited yet, this will make you wonder why…


August 26, 2016: Are you ever curious about how Waukeshaw came to be? Read about Waukeshaw’s President, Dave McCormack, the company he’s built and the philosophy that he follows to make it all happen.