Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Rosewell Foundation, Inc.

  • Gloucester, VA
  • www.rosewell.co

Mission Statement

Rosewell, in Gloucester County, Virginia, is America's magnificent ruin. It is the standing remnant of what has been called the most impressive example of 18th century English plantation mansion architecture. The many thousands of acres of the Rosewell plantation, was the seat of the Pages, one of Virginia"s first families.The mansion, circa 1725, was three full stories plus and English basement. A 1916 fire demolished Rosewell's interior, its roof and some of the massive brick walls. Since 1995, the Roswell Foundation has endeavored to meet its three key missions:1) PRESERVE The foundation commissioned and is following a long-term strategic plan to arrest further deterioration and to restore key structural elements so this magnificent ruin can remain standing for all to see.2) EDUCATE: Rosewell's historical significance transcends its grand and unique architecture the estate is a three-dimensional memento of the Tidewater plantation society. Its demography included the native Americans who lived here (including Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas), the English immigrants who cleared and settled the land, and their African American slaves who built the mansion. The story of this rich societal tapestry deserves to be told.3)INVITE: In order to preserve and educate, the Foundation needs to encourage visitation to Rosewell. Its scale and its setting make Rosewell an historical site that's best appreciated by seeing it in person. Only y in person visits can the Foundation covert guests into "missionaries" to spread the word and into "owners" who can contribute financially to our mission.

Service Areas

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Virginia

Gloucester County

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2016

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Mr. Lawrence Henry

Keywords

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history, archaeology, preservation, architecture

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EIN

54-1763605

 Number

4464551084

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2010, The Rosewell Foundation prepared its first strategic plan to make us a more effective, more efficient organization. As a result, we have restructured our organization so that as much revenue as possible can be directed to the preservation of our principal asset, the Rosewell ruins. Our plan identified three priorities for the coming year. First, make the stabilization and preservation of the Rosewell ruin our priority. The ruin is the reason for the foundation to exist and its preservation is an ongoing process that requires vigilance and effort. Having recently completed the Blueprint for Preservation, an exhaustive documentation of the ruin's current condition and a series of robust recommendations for its stabilization and preservation, we must now act decisively to implement the Blueprint's recommendations. Second, employ strategies to reduce the cost of ongoing operations. We have made a bold decision to proceed without a paid executive director. This arrangement allowed us to trim operating costs at a time when revenues for museums around the country are in steep decline. Third, determine the implications of the adjacent development of Middle Peninsula State Park. We have begun to partner with state personnel to ensure that the park planning process moves ahead in ways that are mutually beneficial.

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Program 1

Stabilization of the historic ruin through repair of brick masonry joints and conservation of stonework is the most critical activity of the Rosewell Foundation. The Foundation also pursues documentary and archaeological research to better understand plantation life, and shares the resulting knowledge with the public through tours, exhibits, and educational programs. Students from the primary grades through the university level can explore topics pertinent to their studies. The Rosewell Foundation Visitor Center is open 360 days a year and features an orientation exhibit and archaeology lab. Annual special events include the fall "Barbecue at the Ruins" with traditional food and bluegrass music, and the spring "Secret Gardens Tour", featuring undiscovered local gardens.

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Service Areas

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Virginia

Gloucester County

Funding Needs

1. Preservation and stabilization of the ruins. The masonry remains of Rosewell are our most precious asset. We must continue to do ordinary, occasional repair to masonry, including repointing and replacement of fallen bricks even as we plan for more ambitious work that will help stabilize the north wall and the grand chimney stacks. Ongoing cost for labor and some materials, $10,000 per year for repairs; one-time cost for major stabilization project, TBD. 2. On-site interpretation of the ruins for visitors. Requires a trained staff of volunteers, knowledgable about Gloucester County history and material life as well as the history of the Rosewell site. No fixed cost except for staff time to coordinate and train volunteers. 3. Member communications. Includes recurring costs for member mailings, prodution of annual report, and web site hosting. Ongoing costs, $7,500 per year. One-time cost for web-site redesign and updating of Rosewell brand identity, c. $10,000. 4. Archaeology. We must continue to learn what we can about the site to support our interpretive program and be effective stewards of the ruin. $7,500 per year. 5. Maintenance of site and Visitors Center. Includes landscaping, lawn care, utilities in the Visitors Center. $13,000 per year.

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ROSEWELL FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Lawrence Henry

BIO

Former Director, Concord Museum in Concord MAFormer Director, Tennessee Historical CommissionFormer Director, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural AffairsFormer Director of Museums, Colonial Williamsburg FoundationPresident Emeritus, Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC

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"Currently position is open."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Lawrence Henry

Retired

Term: May 2016 - May 2019

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