The mission of the Fairfield Foundation is to promote and involve the public in hands-on archaeology, preservation and education activities within Virginia's Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas.
Our goals are to educate and involve people of all ages in the process of archaeological and historical research, to provide outreach to students and the general public about historic landscapes of this region, and to encourage discussion, research, collaboration and the preservation of our historic resources, including buildings, archaeological sites, historic documents and oral history. The Foundation's major projects include the archaeological study of the Burwell plantation in Gloucester County, known as Fairfield/Carter's Creek, numerous outreach projects across the region, and the restoration of the 1930s Edge Hill Service Station in Gloucester into our regional Center forArchaeology, Preservation and Education (the CAPE).
Volunteers are always needed and encouraged to support and participate in our research, education and restoration efforts. The best way to experience archaeology and preservation is to learn by doing, and we encourage everyone to give it a try. Everyone can be a student and a steward of our irreplaceable historic resources. In addition to your ideas and involvement, significant funds are necessary to support the ongoing operations and important programs of the foundation (est. $70,000 in 2017), as well as to complete the restoration of the CAPE and fund future preservation and archaeological research projects at Fairfield plantation. If you have fundraising ideas, we would love to talk with you, or if you are interested in sponsoring particular projects, we can provide more details upon request. We have a tremendous challenge to raise the necessary funds to launch the Center for Archaeology, Preservation and Education (CAPE), and to move forward with all our planned programs for the year, but with the help of our many volunteers, donors, and friends, we know we can do it.
The Fairfield Foundation was founded in 2000 to undertake a long-termarchaeological and historical investigation of Fairfield plantation. TheFoundation began as a division of the Gloucester Historical Society, as a way to celebrate and recognize the 350th anniversary of Gloucester County in 2001. Since that time the activities of the foundation have broadened to incorporate wide-ranging historical and archaeological research into the evolution of the plantation landscape at Fairfield and beyond, as well as public outreach initiatives to involve and inform scholars, students and community in this process of heritage discovery. The foundation works closely with students and volunteers of all ages, managing a substantial volunteer program averaging more than 6,000 contributed hours per year, and hosting a wide variety of high school and college students completed mentorships, internships and research projects. In 2010, the foundation acquired the Edge Hill Service Station in Gloucester to restore as its headquarters and regional archaeological and historical research facility. This building will become our Center for Archaeology, Preservation and Education (the CAPE), serving the heritage needs of the community and counties of the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. The restoration of this building will provide the foundation with new space and an expanded public presence in which to further advance its goals of research, preservation and education throughout the region.
The Fairfield Foundation is the only organization on the Middle Peninsula that offers hands-on professional archaeological opportunities for children and adults of all ages and walks of life throughout the year. We make archaeology accessible to everyone, from novice to graduate student, in order to advance our knowledge of Virginia history and broaden public awareness of and appreciation for the rich heritage of our state. In addition, we are actively working to promote the preservation of buildings, landscapes, documents, photos and oral histories within our local communities, both through active projects by our foundation,and collaboration with other local groups with shared interests. If youhave a love for history, old photos you don't know what to do with, a building in need of preservation, or knowledge of undocumented archaeological and architectural sites, the Fairfield Foundation can work with you.
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