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Plantation Renewal Through the Barksdale Dabney Henry Fund

Since the year 2000, Red Hill has been boldly and subtly transformed. The transformation was made possible by a generous gift to the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation by Margaret Henry Penick Nuttle, a direct descendant of Patrick Henry, to establish the Barksdale Dabney Henry Fund.

To implement the purposes of the gift, the Foundation first engaged a prominent Richmond architectural firm to develop a master plan. This plan provided a general approach to the renewal with details developed by a noted New York landscape architectural firm and two Lynchburg firms – Harvey-Delaney Landscape Architects and Craddock Cunningham Architectural Partners.

The dedication of the Commonwealth Courtyard on Saturday, June 4, 2005, marked the completion of the most important improvements to the grounds since the restoration of Henry’s law office and reconstruction of his house in the 1950s and 60s.

While further transformation is planned and already underway, the renewal of Red Hill to date stands as permanent testimony to the legacy of a great American patriot. Funded in part by the Barksdale Dabney Henry Fund, current and future projects include development of the Quarter Place Trail, leading visitors through the history of tobacco production on the Red Hill plantation, and the Staunton River Trail, where visitors venture to sites Henry knew well, including the remains of a Woodland Indian settlement, watchtower overlook, bateaux landing, Falling River fish trap, and ferry overlook.