The Germanna Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday and we’re asking you to help us reach our goal to raise $5,000 in donations that day. Why support us?
In 2019, the Foundation will be making a major leap forward in putting the 300+ year history of Germanna on the national stage for the first time. We are working on making Germanna a destination–where people from all over America and the world come to visit and learn about the Germanna story through the Foundation’s significant historical holdings that we (including you as a supporter) have stewardship over:
- The 1714/1717 Fort Germanna site where the German colonists first lived after arriving in the new world. At the time, the Fort was the westernmost settlement of the British Empire. It is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in the nation.
- Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood’s grand residence, the 1720 ‘Enchanted Castle’ where he lived with his wife Butler Brayne. It was one of the first privately held Georgian style homes in North American–and it also was located at the edge of then frontier. A town called Germanna grew up around it.
- The historic 1757 Salubria manor built by Rev. John Thompson for his wife, Spotswood’s widow Butler Brayne.
- The 1800 farm of Germanna descendant and Revolutionary War soldier Peter Hitt. 35 graves were discovered near his cabin, including the gravesites of Peter and his wife Hannah. Peter was the grandson of 1714 Germanna colonists Peter Hitt and Elsbeth Otterbach.
- The 170-acre Siegen Forest with its four trails along the Rapidan River that provide a unique opportunity to walk through historic sites including an 18th-century mill site, Civil War trenches and gun emplacements, and a 20th-century airway beacon.
- The Fort Germanna Visitor Center complex, home to exhibits, artifacts, a genealogical research library, the Memorial Garden, and the upcoming Hitt Archaeology Center.
These sites will help tell America’s story of liberty through the frontier experience of Germanna’s settlers and descendants using archaeological, historical, and genealogical research and interpretation.
It’s exciting to be part of a new, major direction and there are several ways you can help with this mission and reach our goal of $5K on #GivingTuesday:
On Tuesday, November 27, log on to Germanna’s Facebook page and make a donation or Create a Fundraiser for Germanna to share with your friends. Be sure to do these on Tuesday because Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations, a total of up to $7 million, to U.S. nonprofits on Facebook on that day only. Every dollar raised via Facebook helps support the mission of the Germanna Foundation. There are no fees on the donations: 100% of what you donate goes to the Germanna Foundation.
If you don’t use or have Facebook, you can always donate anytime via our the below secure online donation form. 90% of our funding comes from donations from individuals like you. Thank you for your much appreciated support of our stewardship mission to preserve Germanna’s heritage!
If you don’t wish to make a donation securely online, you can call the Germanna Foundation at 540-423-1700 Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4:00 pm OR fill out this FORM (pdf) and mail it to the Germanna Foundation along with your check.