Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation
1250 Red Hill Road
Brookneal VA 24528-3302
Mission Statement

The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation keeps the spirit of the Voice of the American Revolution alive by inspiring a better understanding of Colonial American history through supporting scholarship, conducting educational programs and continuing the stewardship of the Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill.

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Patrick Henry's Red Hill
CEO/Executive Director none none
Board Chair Mr. Mark Homan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Expanesthetics, Inc.
Contact Information
Address 1250 Red Hill Road
Brookneal, VA 245283302
Telephone 434 376-2044
Fax 434 376-2647
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1944
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
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Projected Revenue $756,000.00
Projected Expenses $795,000.00

The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation keeps the spirit of the Voice of the American Revolution alive by inspiring a better understanding of Colonial American history through supporting scholarship, conducting educational programs and continuing the stewardship of the Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill.


Red Hill is the last home and burial place of America’s great patriot, Patrick Henry.  Annually, over 10,000 visitors come and explore Red Hill. While they are here, visitors are escorted into the timeline exhibit room where they view an introductory fifteen-minute video on Patrick Henry's career and life at Red Hill before visiting the Red Hill Museum. There visitors follow a self-guided tour of Red Hill which includes Patrick Henry’s grave site, and the grounds overlooking the Staunton River Valley, which appear much as they did in Henry's time.

Red Hill houses the largest collection of Patrick Henry artifacts in the world. One of the best known pieces in the museum is the painting by Peter Frederick Rothermel, “Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses.”  This famous historical painting reflects Patrick Henry delivering his speech against the Stamp Act of 1765 declaring his opposition to King George III.

Some of Red Hill's special programs include an annual Naturalization Ceremony; the 4th of July Celebration which features living history re-enactments, music, artisan vendors, food and concludes with a fireworks show; the Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival; and our annual Christmas Open House. Also, throughout the year, Living History Days are scheduled for school children and home-schoolers from around the nation; this program brings history to life for 2,000 plus children.

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is open 362 days a year.

  • Living History Programs for school children of all ages - This costs between $5,000 and $10,000 per year
  • Preservation and restoration activities - maintenance runs around $12,000 per year
  • Conservation activities - we currently do not have a curator, to have one part time for $35,000 would help with keeping up our collection
  • Archaeological investigations and purchase of our slave cemetery - the initial cost is $140,000
  • Artifact collections - currently there are two Henry documents for sale for around $7,000

The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation is devoted to the preservation and interpretation of Red Hill, Patrick Henry’s last home and burial site. By Joint Resolution of Congress in 1986, Red Hill-the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation was declared a national memorial. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in 1944 and receives no federal or state funding, relying primarily on admission fees, contributions from the public and foundations.

CEO Statement  One aspect close to my heart at Patrick Henry's Red Hill is the education. We provide hands on living history activities to public, private, and homeschool children of all ages, but primarily ones in the fourth grade. This gives each child the chance to experience life in the 18th century just like Patrick Henry. It is wonderful to see the looks of wonder and joy on the children's faces, and the excitement in their actions. Hope Marstin, Chief Operating Officer
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
Southside Virginia
Central Virginia, Campbell County, Charlotte County, Halifax County, Pittsylvania County, Mecklenburg County, Appomattox County, City of Lynchburg, Town of Brookneal, Town of Appomattox, Town of Halifax, Town of Keysville, Farmville, South Boston
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Homan
Company Affiliation Expanesthetics, Inc.
Term July 2013 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Walter M. Cart, Jr. Undisclosed
Mrs. Eugene B. Casey Undisclosed
Ms. Jean Elliott Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Holman Holman Management Consulting
Mrs. Joyce H. McDowell Community Volunteer
Dr. Jack Schaffer Retired
Dr. Robert Sexton Undisclosed
Mr. Gene Smith Undisclosed
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director none none

Former CEOs
Mr. Scott Brown Sept 2015 - June 2017
Ms. Karen Gorham May 2010 - Mar 2013
Senior Staff
Mrs. Melissa Carwile Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Hope Elder Marstin Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Myra Trent Development Coordinator
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 55
Retention Rate 75
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2017
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Virginia Association of Museums2009
Description The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation maintains and interprets Red Hill, the last home and burial place of Patrick Henry, as a historic site and museum. Major Foundation activities include an annual living history program for area school children.
Budget $500,000.00
Long Term Success Removed hard-surfaced road encircling historic site.
The swearing in of new citizens is appropriately set at the home of America's Patriot, Patrick Henry, whose words inspired our fight for liberty and the Bill of Rights.
Budget $5,000.00
Short Term Success
Citizen applicants study U.S. history and current events to evidence their knowledge of our democratic system and the rights of citizenship. The venue of the Patrick Henry National Memorial is befitting this ceremony of citizenship, given Patrick Henry's role in the founding of the nation.
Long Term Success
The Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens honors those immigrants who work diligently to earn the right to acquire citizenship in the U.S. This is an opportunity for the public to recognize the efforts expended and ideals held by those who embrace the United States, its Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the freedoms extended to its citizens.
Living history programs are offered throughout the year to publicly, privately and home-schooled students. These programs bring history alive for youngsters, igniting an appreciation - and sometimes even a love - for history.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success
Children and adults experiencing the hands-on of living history leave Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial with a clearer understanding of colonial ways and of the contributions of Patrick Henry as Virginia's first governor, Founding Father and champion of the Bill of Rights.
Long Term Success
A genuine understanding of and appreciation for American history is brought about through immersion in period activities and experiences.
The Independence Day Celebration held at Red Hill is a commemoration of the signing of the Declaration and the nation's fight for independence. Held annually on the fourth day in July, over 3,000 attend the day-long event, culminating in Patrick Henry's Liberty or Death speech, delivered by his 6th great grandson, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and celebratory fireworks display.
Budget $15,000.00
Short Term Success
Participants in the Independence Day celebration are reminded of the struggle and achievements of great men such as Patrick Henry who unwaveringly fought to bring about liberty as evidenced in the Declaration of Independence, the solidification of our democracy as assured under the Constitution, and the guarantee of individual liberties afforded under the Bill of Rights.
Long Term Success
Celebrating the founding of our nation keeps alive our nation's history and the purposes of the fight for freedom and liberty. The celebratory event commemorated on the Fourth of July reminds us of the principles and ideals on which the nation was founded, and the great sacrifice made by our ancestors to ensure a free nation and democratic society to those who have the great privilege of living in the United States.
Description Annual event held on the first Saturday in November. Live bluegrass music from three bands, local barbecue, and Virginia craft brews. Historic buildings open with docents providing interpretations.
Budget $20,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments Most of the programs held at Patrick Henry's Red Hill are not provided as fundraisers, but as opportunities to educate the public on Patrick Henry and his place in American history. It is always a challenge to fund these important programs as we receive no federal or state monies.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $756,000.00
Projected Expenses $795,000.00
Endowment Value $6,654,882.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$176,053$103,857$419,389
Investment Income, Net of Losses$85,938$332,905$1,117,036
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$568,179$377,225$408,945
Administration Expense$79,774$79,774$67,258
Fundraising Expense$36,152$41,018$47,879
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.643.093.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%76%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%4%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$11,329,475$11,542,290$10,494,946
Current Assets$1,375,771$1,498,893$489,777
Long-Term Liabilities$22,205$0--
Current Liabilities$28,506$19,566$13,302
Total Net Assets$11,278,767$11,522,724$10,481,644
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities48.2676.6136.82
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Fundraising efforts for a new Education Center, purchase of a slave cemetery, and operating funds.
Goal $4,500,000.00
Dates Apr 2017 to Mar 2019
Amount Raised To Date $2,400,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View