The Waterford Foundation, Inc., founded in 1943, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on funds received from memberships and donations to fulfill its mission to preserve the historic buildings and the open spaces of the National Historic Landmark District of Waterford, Virginia, and through education to increase the public’s knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

Neither the Landmark nor the Foundation would exist without your support.

There are three major ways for you to support the mission of the Waterford Foundation:

  1. Become a member
  2. Make a donation
  3. Volunteer

Become a Member / Renew Your Membership

When you become a member of the Waterford Foundation, you will be joining other citizens who are concerned about the preservation of this very special place of history. You also will be assisting us in providing educational opportunities so the knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community is not forgotten.

It’s easy to join!

  • Join online with an individual, family, or corporate membership.
  • Download a form to print and mail it with your payment information or check.
  • Call us at 540-882-3018, ext. 117.


Individual membership – $50

  • One ticket to the Waterford Fair
  • Subscription to our newsletter
  • Invitations to Waterford Foundation events

Family membership – $100

  • Three tickets to the Waterford Fair
  • Subscription to our newsletter
  • Invitations to Waterford Foundation events

All members are listed in the Waterford Foundation Annual Report. The amount of your membership that exceeds $15 per ticket is tax deductible. If you prefer to make a fully tax deductible donation, please see Donations, below.

Corporate Membership – $250

  • “Welcome” listing in our monthly e-newsletter
  • Listing on Foundation website, Facebook pages, and in our annual report
  • 50% off ads for any event program
  • 4 event tickets of your choice; and
  • 10% discount on building rentals.

Make a Donation

Waterford is here today because people like you have supported the preservation, stewardship, and interpretation of this historic village since 1943. This video tells that story.

It’s up to us to write the next chapter. Our work is to safeguard Waterford’s future by continuing to preserve the buildings and open spaces, interpret the past for new generations, and support the cultural, educational, and environmental programs that make Waterford such an enriching place today.

Thank you for being part of the continuing effort to make history in Waterford. Donate now.

Annual Giving

Your donation is fully tax deductible. For your convenience, you may choose to:

  • Contribute here on our website.
  • Download a donation-form to mail with your payment information or check.


Waterford Old School Completion Campaign

Five years after the 2007 fire that destroyed the original 1928 auditorium of the Waterford Old School, we have opened the doors to a brand new, beautiful hall that will serve as the cultural, educational, event, and community hub of Waterford. Happily, when construction began in July 2011, 80 percent of the $1.86 million construction budget was in the bank from donations, pledges, grants, state tax credits, and funds from the Foundation’s sale of the Tin Shop. To cover the additional $400,000 in construction and furnishings costs, the Foundation is continuing to raise funds and has taken out a loan that must be repaid. We need your support to lower our debt.

Please join your friends, neighbors, and fellow preservationists by making a donation today that will help complete this extraordinary achievement.

Your donation is fully tax deductible. For your convenience, you may choose to:

  • Contribute here our website.
  • Download a Donation form to mail with your payment information or check.
  • Call (540) 882-3018, x 117 to donate by phone.

Stewardship and Education Programs

If you would prefer to donate to a specific building preservation project or to support one of the Waterford Foundation’s education or environmental programs, please call Kathleen Hughes at 540-882-3018 Ext. 113 or email her at We will gladly provide you with a list of giving opportunities.


We welcome volunteers!

Whether your interests or expertise lay in the areas of historical research and preservation, education, sustainable agriculture, habitat restoration and management, communications, development, or events management, you will find a place among our volunteers and share with them a love of Waterford.

Let us know how you would like to help, and we’ll put you in touch with the staff and volunteers so vital to our mission of preservation and education.

Just phone or email us to let us know your areas of interest, and we will connect you with the committee chair who can tell you more.; 540-882-3018, Ext. 117.

Archaeological Research

Archives and Local History Collection

Historical Research

Phillips Farm (conservation and habitat restoration)

Second Street School Living History Program

Waterford Concert Series

Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit (The Waterford Fair)