Emergency Grant Fund for historic sites

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) has announced that over $37,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 20 historic sites and organizations in the Shenandoah Valley through the SVBF’s Historic Sites Emergency Grant Fund program.

The SVBF established the Emergency Grant Fund program to assist partners in the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program is intended to provide support for historic sites who are suffering financial hardship due to the interruption of normal operations caused by the Coronavirus public health crisis. Applicants were able to apply for up to $2,500 to offset loss or expected loss from the period of March 1 - June, 2020.


20 partners in the National Historic District applied for grants and were awarded a total of $38,352.24. Recipients and funding included:

• The Augusta County Historical Society (Staunton) - $2,500.00

• Belle Grove Plantation (Middletown) - $2,500.00

• Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center (Harrisonburg) - $2,000.00

• Burwell-Morgan Mill (Clarke County Historical Association) (Millwood/Berryville) - $2,248.00

• The Dallard-Newman Historic Museum (Northeast Neighborhood Association) (Harrisonburg) - $2,200.00

• Fort Harrison (Daniel Harrison House) (Dayton) - $1,000.00

• The Heritage Museum (Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society) (Dayton) - $1,500.00

• The Highland County Museum (Highland Historical Society) (McDowell) - $1,900.00

• The Jacob Swartz House (New Market) - $600.00

• Josephine School Community Museum - $2,500.00

• Kernstown Battlefield (Kernstown Battlefield Association) (Winchester) - $2,500.00

• New Market Battlefield Military Museum (New Market) - $2,500.00

• Newtown History Center (Stone House Foundation) (Stephens City) - $304.24

• Plains District Memorial Museum (Timberville) - $2,000.00

• Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at the Edinburg Mill (Edinburg) - $2,500.00

• The Stonewall Brigade Museum (The 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc.) - $2,500.00

• The Warren Sipe House (The Virginia Quilt Museum) (Harrisonburg) - $2,500.00

• Warren Rifles Confederate Memorial Museum, Inc. (Front Royal) - $600.00

• The Waynesboro Heritage Museum and The Historic Plumb House (The Waynesboro Heritage Foundation) (Waynesboro) - $1,500.00

• Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation) (Staunton) - $2,500.00

Additional Details

The funds for the program were provided through the generous donations of SVBF members and supporters. The Emergency Grant Fund is fully funded by these private funds, and does not include any state or federal monies.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, when historic sites throughout the Valley are facing an almost total loss of revenue due to closed doors and canceled events, we wanted to do what we could to help our partners through these difficult times,” said Keven Walker, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. “We’re glad to be able to provide this critical support - and proud that the generosity of our members made it possible.”

About the Foundation and the National Historic District

As authorized by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation serves as the non-profit manager of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, partnering with local, regional, and national organizations and governments to preserve the Valley’s battlefields and interpret and promote the region’s Civil War story. Created by Congress in 1996, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District encompasses Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in Virginia and the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester.