Since the National Park Service acquired the Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield in 2006, nearly half a million dollars of federal funds have been spent stabilizing the house and creating interpretative trails and signs. But there isn’t enough funding to do all that is needed, and with the 300th birthday of the Shelton House approaching, the clock is ticking. To continue preserving the property, restoring the Shelton House and hosting educational programs, the Rural Plains Foundation was formed to raise private funding for preservation, recruit and train volunteers for giving tours and assist the National Park Service in the goal of making Rural Plains a destination for tourists and a center of education and recreation for the community.

The Foundation’s budget for 2020/2021 includes the purchase and installation of three new interpretive signs at the park. At a cost of $2,500 each, these signs will help educate the influx of new visitors looking for outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation also recently purchased an iPad Pro for the Richmond National Battlefield Park Unit of the National Park Service to aid in the production of online educational videos for students and lifelong learners.

Perhaps most importantly, donations help in the continued preservation of the Shelton House. The house was built in 1725, and in preparation for its 300th birthday, future projects include updating the electrical system, installing air conditioning, removing 20th century wallpaper, plaster repair, restoring flooring and installing exhibits to help tell the full story of Rural Plains.

Please give what you can to help us save Rural Plains for future generations! All gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by the IRS.

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Or checks can be made payable to “Rural Plains Foundation” and mailed to:

P.O. Box 2754
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Thank you so much for your support!