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$150,000 Challenge Grant From the Cabell Foundation Supports American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Outdoor Living-History Areas

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 5, 2016 – The Cabell Foundation of Richmond has pledged a $150,000 challenge grant in support of outdoor living-history areas at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, planned to open by late 2016. A new Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm are under construction adjacent to the 80,000-square-foot museum building that opened in March 2015, representing a midpoint milestone in the transformation of the Yorktown Victory Center into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The Cabell Foundation will match up to $150,000 in gifts from individuals, corporations and private foundations for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s outdoor exhibits. To qualify for the match, gifts must be made before December 31, 2016.

“The challenge grant comes at a crucial time for the new museum,” said Philip G. Emerson, executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement living-history museums. “The Cabell Foundation’s commitment to this project helps us move forward with critical elements of the Revolution-era farm and Continental Army encampment.”

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown project encompasses new exhibition galleries and a new introductory film, to debut in Fall 2016, and reconstruction and enhancement of the outdoor living-history areas. The architect for the design of the outdoor areas is Guernsey Tingle Architects of Williamsburg.

In the Continental Army encampment, new features will include a drill field for visitors to learn 18th-century military tactics. A new artillery amphitheater with tiered seating will include an array of reproduction artillery pieces, offering visitors a sense of siege warfare. In addition to crop fields and a kitchen garden, the farm will include a farmhouse, kitchen, tobacco barn and corncrib, as well as quarters for enslaved people. An 18th-century York County family has been identified to serve as a frame of reference for historical interpretation. Educational interpretive programming at both areas will correlate to themes that will be explored in the new galleries. Both the farm and the encampment will significantly expand capacity for students and visitors to watch demonstrations and take part in activities.

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is made possible by a public-private partnership. Planning and construction have been funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Private gifts being raised through the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Campaign for Support are helping to underwrite elements of the gallery exhibits – including acquisition of artifacts for exhibit, production of films and special exhibitions – outdoor exhibits and educational resources. As of November 30, the Campaign for Support had raised more than $11 million toward its $15 million goal.

“This challenge grant will be pivotal in helping the Foundation, Inc., reach our private funding goal for the new museum’s outdoor exhibits,” said Clifford B. Fleet, president of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., which coordinates private fundraising in support of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation museums.

Previous grants from The Cabell Foundation made during the Campaign for Jamestown Settlement, 1607-2007 funded construction of a fountain that serves as the focal point of the entrance at Jamestown Settlement and a multipurpose facility on the ships’ pier. Founded in 1957 by Mr. Robert G. Cabell, III, and Mrs. Maude Morgan Cabell, The Cabell Foundation since its inception has provided permanent gifts and challenge grants to a diverse mix of nonprofit institutions.

Located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway in Yorktown, the Yorktown Victory Center continues in operation as a museum of the American Revolution throughout construction and will become the “American Revolution Museum at Yorktown” when the project is complete.

For information about giving opportunities in support of the new museum, visit hif.ciniva.net/donate/campaign-for-support or call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4139.


The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums that fosters through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement and development of the United States. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes in support of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and its museums. The Foundation, Inc., receives charitable gifts and donations for the benefit of the Foundation, manages the endowment, acquires artifacts for the collection, and assists with educational programs and other activities.