Why now?

Brothers Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee were two of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. Menokin is the only remaining house of the seven Virginia signers that is not fully protected and saved.

Why now?

Brothers Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee were two of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. Menokin is the only remaining house of the seven Virginia signers that is not fully protected and saved.

Why now?

Brothers Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee were two of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. Menokin is the only remaining house of the seven Virginia signers that is not fully protected and saved.

THE TIMING OF THE CAMPAIGN

Losing Menokin would mean the loss of a great American landmark. Yet, the prospect of that loss is imminent. The first phase of the Campaign for Menokin focuses on saving the house from its current tenuous state.

Major natural events, such as the 2011 Virginia earthquake, imperil the crumbling structure. Menokin’s future is at stake on a nearly daily basis. We must act now before it’s too late.

GOAL: SAVE THE HOUSE

Over the three-year period from 2015 to 2017, we will rescue the house from the threat of collapse by repairing the original standing walls, inserting a lightweight steel frame behind them for support, and constructing glass infill walls to reimagine the missing sections of the exterior.

  • During this period, we will raise $7 million from private donors to cover the costs associated with the above-mentioned work.
  • In addition to construction and design funded by the capital campaign, Phase I will include programming components — covered by annual funds.
interior main chimney
Menokin site details

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Upon completion of Phase I, Menokin will be an evocative structure and setting that will garner growing support and interest for Phase II of the project. Programs and field schools will occur throughout the preservation process so the public can learn from this complex project.

The 10-year site plan for Menokin encompasses the larger site, the 500 acres of undisturbed agricultural landscape.

EXPANSION OF PROGRAMS

As the house is restored, more programs and resources will become available to the public, both on-site and through a growing online presence. Showing the pro-cess of reconstruction as an educational tool is a central aim of the project. Educational and public programs will encompass a variety of fields — history, architecture, preservation, conservation, ecology, and the arts.

EXPANSION OF PROGRAMS

As the house is restored, more programs and resources will become available to the public, both on-site and through a growing online presence. Showing the pro-cess of reconstruction as an educational tool is a central aim of the project. Educational and public programs will encompass a variety of fields — history, architecture, preservation, conservation, ecology, and the arts.

EXPANSION OF PROGRAMS

As the house is restored, more programs and resources will become available to the public, both on-site and through a growing online presence. Showing the pro-cess of reconstruction as an educational tool is a central aim of the project. Educational and public programs will encompass a variety of fields — history, architecture, preservation, conservation, ecology, and the arts.