Rosewell Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1456
Gloucester VA 23061
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.
Web and Social Media
Overview of Rosewell ruins
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Lawrence Henry
Board Chair Mr. Lawrence Henry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1456
Gloucester, VA 23061
Telephone 804 693-2585
Fax 0 000000
E-mail foundation@rosewell.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $61,000.00
Projected Expenses $47,970.00
Statements
Mission
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.
Impact
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.
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.
Background

The ruins of Rosewell, one of the finest mansions built in the English colonies sit on the banks of the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia. Here, visitors may see the remains of the structure which has inspired poets and architects since Thomas Jefferson. Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson; and it was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead for the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Though altered by a later owner and ravaged by time and economic hardships, Rosewell was regarded as a place of grandeur and importance throughout the nineteenth century. Even in the lean years following the Civil War, parties and dances continued to be held in the Great Hall. But in 1916, the mansion succumbed to a tragic fire, leaving it as a magnificent shell.

When it was built, Rosewell was a testament to human achievement and an exemplar of the highest standard in Georgian design; as a ruin, it serves as a reminder that tragedy and decay are also part of the human story. Rosewell continues to speak to us of the extraordinary but temporary wealth generated by the demand for Virginia tobacco in the colonial period, and the degree to which meeting that demand made Gloucester County part of a worldwide economy. The mansion’s present state asks us to consider how transitory the wealth built on such shaky foundations could be.

What remains of the mansion are the four chimneys, the east wall with its magnificent compass-headed window and carved keystone, the wine cellar, and enough of the walls that one may still perceive the fine proportions and grand scale of this unique structure. The fourth and last family to own Rosewell donated the ruins site to the Gloucester Historical Society in 1979. Since 1995, the Rosewell Foundation has been dedicated to preserving and interpreting this historic ruin.

CEO Statement Currently position is open.
Board Chair Statement

In the 1960’s and 70’s Rosewell was falling apart and overgrown with vegetation. But with the dedication of many history enthusiasts, the site has been cleared, trees replanted, the graves moved to Abingdon Episcopal Church for safekeeping, and the walls stabilized with iron girders. We have also undertaken many archeological digs, recovered artifacts, and built a beautiful Visitors center telling the Rosewell Story. The blueprint gives us a plan to continue our stabilization work.

The economic collapse in 2007 – 2008 have proven to be a real hardship on the foundation. We had to reduce the size of our staff, lost our Executive Director, slow down the pace of our restoration work, and develop a new organizational model. We are debt free, but now have limited funds for restoration. We are regrouping to raise funds for further stabilization of the ruins and care for the grounds.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Gloucester County
Metro Richmond
Hampton Roads
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lawrence Henry
Company Affiliation Retired
Term May 2016 to May 2019
Email lhenry@rosewell.org
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Philip J. Page
Term May 2012 to May 2018
Email philpage396@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev. Frederick Carter Carter Funeral Home
Ms. Mary Claycomb Board member
Mr Tazewell Fitzgerald Board member
Attorney M. Tyson Gilpin Jr.Law Offices of Attorney M. Tyson Gilpin Jr.
Mrs. Letitia M. Grant Secretary
Mr. Lawrence Henry Board Member
Mr. Clayton Wellington James Treasurer
Mr. Edward Marks Board member
Mr Raymond Messina Board member
Dr. David Muron Board member
Mrs. Marilyn Muron Board Member
Mr. Philip J. Page Vice President
Mr. Rosewell Page IIIBoard member
Mrs. Valerie Page Board Member
Mrs. Gerlinde Stevens Board member
Mr Philip C. Strother Board member
Mr. William Weaver Retired
Mr. Mark Wenger Board member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 85
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Board Development / Board Orientation
Nominating
Building
Capital Campaign
Education
Finance
Nominating
Personnel
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Audit
Technology
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Samuel A. Anderson IIIRetired
Mr. Charles F. Bryan Jr.Bryan and Jordan, Consultants
Ms. Christy S. Coleman American Museum of the Civil War
Mr. Jeffrey E. Klee Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Mr. Alan Taylor University of Virginia
Mr. Richard Guy Wilson University of Virginia
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Lawrence Henry
Experience
Former Director, Concord Museum in Concord MA
Former Director, Tennessee Historical Commission
Former Director, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Former Director of Museums, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
President Emeritus, Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Jeffrey E Klee - May 2010
Sandra Pait May 2004 - May 2010
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. John Page Aldrich IT Specialist
Mrs. Katrina White Brown Operations Officer
Mrs. Kathy Healy Finance Officer
Mrs. Judy Wiseman Development Officer
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 23
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2010
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Virginia Historical LandmarkVirginia Historical Landmark Commission1966
Programs
Description 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.
Long Term Success Completed the "Blueprint for Preservation" study, with reports from architects, brickmasons, archaeologists, a structural engineer, and a historian.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $61,000.00
Projected Expenses $47,970.00
Endowment Value $35,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$51,770$51,309$54,256
Administration Expense$8,961$7,852$25,940
Fundraising Expense$8,515$7,799$734
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.190.870.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%77%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%21%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$330,109$264,984$274,923
Current Assets$41,864$9,984$66,527
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$5,547$1,838$1,339
Total Net Assets$324,562$263,146$273,584
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.555.4349.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Stabilization and major repair of the Rosewell ruin
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View