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Our "First Mother" led a life that is relatable to many - facing significant loss as an orphan and then again as a young widow.  She was a single mother left to raise five children under the age of eleven. In her elder years, she faced an agonizing battle with breast cancer. Despite these hardships, she raised a son who would become our first president.


WHM will honor her memory as we preserve the Mary Washington Monument site for future generations. Giving online is secure and quick, whether you set up a recurring gift or make a one-time donation.

Join or Renew Your Membership TODAY!


Washington Heritage Museums welcomes new members and active volunteers! Attend one of our upcoming events or educational programs to meet our enthusiastic members, enjoy learning about our colorful history and see how you can become an active part of promoting and preserving our local heritage. WHM members enjoy a number benefits listed below, including an invitation to our complimentary Member Reception each June and discount promo codes on most events!

Washington Heritage Museums is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions to membership are tax deductible by the amount which exceeds $10.00.


Free year-round admission for you and one (1) household member​. A 10% discount on select museum store items.

*Available only for educators and students.


Free year-round admission for you and three (3) household members. A 10% discount on select museum store items.


All benefits of the "Friend" membership level plus two (2) one-time passes to give to other guests.


All benefits of the "Friend" and "Contributor" membership levels plus four (4) one-time passes to give to other guests.


All benefits of the "Friend", "Contributor" and "Lewis" membership levels plus a 10% discount on site rental.


All benefits of the "Friend", "Contributor", "Lewis" and "Mercer Circle" membership levels plus a 25% discount on site rental.


Benefits of all other membership levels plus a 50% discount on site rental.



Washington Heritage Museums relies on donations and sponsorships from individuals and businesses to maintain and preserve our priceless historic properties and provide for their daily operation, offer community programming and educational events, and to continue our legacy and commitment to our nation’s historic heritage.


Washington Heritage Museums is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Please consult your tax advisor for details.



Thank you for considering a gift to Washington Heritage Museums.
In addition to cash and credit card, WHM also accepts gifts of stock, mutual fund shares, or other appreciated assets.

Please contact our Executive Director at (540) 373-5630 or with questions or to notify us of your donation. Unless otherwise noted, all gifts will be used for unrestricted purposes in support of our mission.

Gifts of securities such as stock, mutual fund shares, or other appreciated assets can be a tax-efficient tool for making a donation. Please consult with your tax preparer or financial advisor, but in most instances, you may be able to take a tax deduction for the full fair market value of a gift of securities, avoiding capital gains tax.

Contact us for the required information to make a stock gift today.

Gifts can be wire transferred directly to Washington Heritage Museums.

So that we may acknowledge your gift promptly, please include both your name and the Washington Heritage Museums in your transfer instructions.  

If you must take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA, talk to your financial advisor about how you can donate directly to WHM. You can support WHM while reducing your taxable income through a qualified charitable distribution to Washington Heritage Museums from an eligible retirement account. This special gift supports our mission while reducing your taxable income. Contact your retirement plan administrator or financial advisor for additional information. Thank you for supporting our American history with your gift to Washington Heritage Museums!


Appreciated Securities

Wire Transfer

IRA Donations

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Support the Museums While Enjoying our Annual Bourbon and Boxwood Event

Mark your calendar for September 28, 2024!

Join us at the Mary Washington House under the stars for our signature fundraising event. Enjoy a great evening in and around the gardens with live music, wonderful people, bourbon tastings, delicious food and libations, and an exciting silent auction all while we raise funds for the maintenance, preservation, and educational programs of all five WHM properties. This event sells out each year and is one you don’t want to miss.


Check back soon for announcements on sponsorship, ticket sales, and the silent auction!

Washington Heritage Museums is funded entirely by museum admissions, grants, memberships, sponsorships, and donations. As the organization does not receive continuing city, state, or federal funding, we are truly grateful for our donors and sponsors.

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