Old Brick House Foundation
131 Waterfront Drive
Colonial Heights VA 23834
Mission Statement
The Old Brick House Foundation has a two-part mission. One part addresses the development of a marketing program, while the other addresses the restoration of the Old Brick House (OBH).
 
Part 1. To develop programs to educate the public about the Conjurer’s Field Archaeological District (on the National Historic Register), which recognizes the following sites within the District:
A. The Conjurer’s Field Archaeological Site “ prehistoric village,” one of the few remaining large Middle and Late Woodland Period (1,000 B.C.–3,000 B.C.) hamlets and villages existing along the Appomattox River from Hopewell to Petersburg, having escaped destruction from recent industrial and residential housing development
B. The Old Brick House (OBH), also known as the Kennon House, which is on the National Resource Register as a contributing resource. The OBH is one of the oldest brick structures in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the descendants of the original owner, Richard Kennon, include high-ranking officers of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The Kennon lineage includes Pocahontas and several U.S. presidents.
 
Part 2. To restore, preserve and provide for the perpetual care of the Old Brick House
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Leonard David Kennon III
Board Chair Mr. Leonard David Kennon III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired- U.S. Military
Contact Information
Address 131 Waterfront Drive
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Telephone 804 520-9476
Fax 804 000-0000
E-mail postmaster@oldbrickhouse.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $6,375.00
Projected Expenses $4,315.00
Additional Documents
Budget FY20162015View
Financial Est. Richmond2014View
Budget2013View
Statements
Mission
The Old Brick House Foundation has a two-part mission. One part addresses the development of a marketing program, while the other addresses the restoration of the Old Brick House (OBH).
 
Part 1. To develop programs to educate the public about the Conjurer’s Field Archaeological District (on the National Historic Register), which recognizes the following sites within the District:
A. The Conjurer’s Field Archaeological Site “ prehistoric village,” one of the few remaining large Middle and Late Woodland Period (1,000 B.C.–3,000 B.C.) hamlets and villages existing along the Appomattox River from Hopewell to Petersburg, having escaped destruction from recent industrial and residential housing development
B. The Old Brick House (OBH), also known as the Kennon House, which is on the National Resource Register as a contributing resource. The OBH is one of the oldest brick structures in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the descendants of the original owner, Richard Kennon, include high-ranking officers of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The Kennon lineage includes Pocahontas and several U.S. presidents.
 
Part 2. To restore, preserve and provide for the perpetual care of the Old Brick House
Impact

 

  1. Last year, we received a variety of donations from individuals and from a bake sale at the Fort Clifton Festival in Colonial Heights on the Mother's day weekend. We embarked on a fund-raising campaign to raise funds for a gravestone preservation project.  Two members have committed to provide $1800 combined annually for our operational account.  We have also created a PayPal account to make it easier to receive electronic donations, the link is available on our website and Facebook page.  
  2. For year 2016, we conducted our annual bake sale at the annual Fort Clifton festival, Colonial Heights scheduled May 7-8 and cleared nearly $500. 
  3. We received a grant from The Cameron Foundation for a signage project which included creating a brand for OBHF, a Virginia Department of Historical Resources Highway Marker, two on-site interpretive panels describing the history behind Conjurer's Neck.  For 2017 we are completing work towards using the remainder of the Cameron grant which includes creating an interpretive panel for three gravestone markers, oldest for Richard Kennon firstborn son of Richard and Elizabeth (Worsham) Kennon who passed away in 1688. We are in the process of executing an SOW which includes an archaeological dig for the new locations of the gravestones adjacent to the brick house, construction of plinths, and a memorial garden.
  4. We are continuing to pursue construction of an ADA compliant structure to be located near the brick house, which will greatly improve not only handicap access to the property, but enhance educational opportunities regarding indigenous peoples in the region and early colonial history by providing a auxiliary structure for school groups and other interested parties.  An added benefit will provide OBHF with a structure which will increase the property's marketing value as a venue for weddings and other such social functions.
  5. We have a Facebook page which increases visibility, and are in the process of updating our website and a pamphlet which describes the history of Conjurer's Neck.

 

 


Needs
  1. Need $ 36,000 to complete phase II renovation of the Old Brick House.
  2. Need approximately $31,000 for pre-construction requirements which include an archaeological study of the site, architectural design, permits, etc.,  and approximately $100,000 to construct a pavilion educational structure with ADA compliant rest rooms.


Background
The Old Brick House Foundation (OBHF) received IRS 501(c) 3 status on September 4, 2001. The ByLaws and Articles of Incorporation were developed and approved prior to Sept. 4, 2001. With grants from the Cameron Foundation, the Commonwealth of Virginia, CH Historic Society, City of Colonial Heights, and other grants, the OBHF has made the OBH safe for touring and enjoyable to visit. The OBHF completed phase I ( made the OBH safe for use) and is currently trying to complete phase II renovation of the structure. In addition, the Board is working to obtain funds to develop ADA Compliant Restrooms and a class room at the ground level (a pavilion). The OBH has one toilet up narrow stairs making impossible for some visitors to use. We have developed our website. 
CEO Statement

The OBHF depends completely on volunteer Officers, Directors, and members to accomplish the mission.

Board Chair Statement

The mission of the OBHF is clear. The use of the OBH as the place to educate the public on the rich history of the site. It is exciting to visualize tours visiting the structure to view the best site of the Appomattox River, to see the prehistoric site along the Appomattox River, to hear discussions of revolutionary and civil wars to include associated artifacts.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Tri-cities Region
Statewide
Metro Richmond
Southside Virginia
Colonial Heights, City
National
The general public of the Tri Cities and surrounding counties have easy access to this historic property at 131 Waterfront Drive, Colonial Heights. Each year the general public, descendants and historians from other States visit the Old Brick House. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Leonard David Kennon III
Company Affiliation Retired- U.S. Military
Term May 2015 to Apr 2018
Email ldkennon@mindspring.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Chuck Wilusz
Term May 2015 to Apr 2018
Email wilusz1@comcast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ann Kennon Breslauer Community Volunteer
Alfred Gray Collins IIIColonial Heights
Mr. Leonard David Kennon IIICommunity Volunteer
Debbie Levenson Community Volunteer
Bill Poorbaugh Retired
George Schanzenbacher Community Volunteer
Laurel K Scott Community Volunteer
Chuck Wilusz Community Volunteer
Kay Wynn Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Terry Ammons Studio Ammons
Shelly Heuermann Retired
JoAn Jones Retired
Judy Moore Container First Service
James (Jim) L O'Connell
Charlotte Price Retired
Craig Skalak City of Colonial Heighs Parks & Recreation
Doctor Christopher Stevenson Consultant
Kathy Wilusz Retired
Vice President Chuck Wilusz Retired
Gibson Worsham Studio Ammons
Constituent Board Members
NameAffiliation
Honorable Warner Lewis Kennon Community Volunteer
Comments
The OBHF can not provide ADA compliant rest rooms for disabled tourists. The OBHF has submitted a grant request to The Cameron Foundation for $70,000 to build an ADA structure. The cost for subject rest rooms is up to $88,000. The challenges are to raise $88,000 for the ADA construction and to complete renovation of the OBH for $33,000.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Leonard David Kennon III
Experience
President Kennon has a Bachelor's in Administration, Management, and Mathematics, with a minor in music.  He retired after over 30 years of service in the Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer, with extensive management, administration, and leadership experience.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Chuck Wilusz
Term Start July 2015
Email wilusz1@comcast.net
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Deborah Levenson Secretary
Chuck Wilusz Vice President
Kay Wynn Treasurer
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 14
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

The use of the OBH as the place to educate the public on the rich history of the site is essential. It is exciting to imagine visitors viewing revolutionary war and civil war artifacts.

Budget $10,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
On February 25, 2013, we submitted a grant request to The Cameron Foundation for $70,000 to build ADA compliant rest rooms for the disabled.  We received $7500 for site review and property transfer.  To pay  utility bills we depend on individual donations and local fundraiser conduced my members. The challenge is to obtain $88,000 to construct the ADA compliant rest rooms.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $6,375.00
Projected Expenses $4,315.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$5,454$7,244$5,878
Administration Expense$504$7,632$1,882
Fundraising Expense$476$50$50
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.840.332.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%49%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$132,551$133,608$143,593
Current Assets$2,819$3,655$13,334
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$132,551$133,608$143,593
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 9/2017View
Comments
Organization Comments
The OBHF writes requests for grants using volunteers. All program expenses are absorbed by members who provide their time at no expense to the foundation. 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from Form 990s, with supplemental information provided from financial statements.