The Graves-Poteat-Florance-Gatewood House is listed as a contributing structure in the National Register’s Yanceyville Historic District. The two-story wood house was built circa 1820 by a member of the community’s prestigious Graves family. The Graves at one time owned a great deal of what was to become Yanceyville. Throughout its 200 year history the house has served as a residence, a hotel, a school, and finally a museum.
The Caswell County Historical Association was created in 1956 and for a time was located in the basement of the historic Yanceyville Courthouse. In 1999 Thomas and Kathy McPherson purchased the house and donated it to the CCHA and the newly formed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. In honor of Thomas and Kathy’s paternal grandmothers the museum was named the Richmond-Miles Museum.
Anyone visiting the museum located at Town Square in Yanceyville knows that it is filled with many beautiful relics from the past. They also know that the outside of the building is sadly in need of repair and a new paint job.
Caswell County Historical Association President Jeffrey Nidle has been working diligently to locate possible sources of funding for the large project of scraping old paint and applying fresh coats of paint. For a house this size the estimates have not been inexpensive. Nidle explains, “Well in excess of $45,000 is needed to complete the painting and other associated immediate repairs.”
He was ecstatic over the recent news that the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region was awarding $31,250 to help repair, prepare, and paint the exterior of the museum employing experienced historical carpentry and painting contractors. This funding was generated through the Danville Regional Foundation Fund and Stratford House Center Fund. “Even though that leaves additional funding to be found, it provides us with a very significant amount and the impetus for us to build on. I am very optimistic about additional grant opportunities and contributions to acquire the funding necessary to preserve the museum’s exterior, surrounding fences and Maud Gatewood’s adjacent studio. I and the CCHA can’t thank the Community Foundation enough for their generosity and interest in preserving the rich history of Caswell County and the region. I hope those individuals that have never or not recently visited the museum will take the time to come by,” says Nidle.
Museum hours are Mon.-Wed.-Fri,. 1:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment 336-694-4965. Ask about tours of the Historic Courthouse.
The Foundation held a grant reception at Ballou Park Recreation Center on January 11 to present $909,857 to many deserving non-profit agencies that are working to provide a better place to live. A number of Caswell agencies won awards for various projects. Among those are the Milton Preservation and Beautification Society Inc., Piedmont Community College Foundation, County of Caswell, Providence Fire and Rescue, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Semora Volunteer Fire Department, The Caswell County Parish, Inc., Caswell County Partnership for Children, Caswell County Emergency Services, Compassion Health Care, Inc., and Changing Lives Outreach Center CDC. Caswell Recreational Development Group got $12,500 to purchase and install a fitness area to be utilized by children ages 5 to 12+ from the Community Impact Fund.
The Community Impact Fund is made up of the following unrestricted funds: James Russell Anderson and Zora Carter Anderson Fund, Buck‐ Wayland Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund, Clarence L. Giles Fund, Harry Melton Hood Fund, Elizabeth (Betty) W. Jefferson Fund, D. Webster, Jr. and Elizabeth
S. Marshall Fund, James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund, Barbara H. Sater and Herbert W. Sater Memorial Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund, The Opportunity Fund and Unrestricted Community Fund.
Field of Interest Funds allow donors to specify an area of interest, such as youth, elderly, the arts, education, environment, or medical, to be supported by the fund. Field of Interest Funds included in this
Competitive Grant Cycle are: The Free Clinic Fund, Stratford House Center Fund, Faye Carter Fund, W. Earl and Elise M.G. Allen Fund, Animal Welfare Fund, Mary Cahill Historic Preservation Fund, Ahmed Childrens Fund and the Laurie S. Moran Rotary Service Fund.
Donor Advised Funds are created when a donor starts an investment fund and names the organizations to benefit from the fund. Donor Advised Funds included in this Competitive Grant Cycle are: Gamewood Technology Fund, Irvin H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Fund, P. Niles and Carol Daly,
Jr. Fund, Philip and Frances Daly Fund and Pat and Cathy Daly Fund.
The 2023 Competitive Grant Cycle funding is derived from the following funds: The Community Impact Fund made up of the following unrestricted funds: James Russell Anderson and Zora Carter Anderson Endowment Fund, Buck-Wayland Fund, Faith Home Endowment Fund, Clarence L. Giles Fund, Harry
Melton Hood Fund, Elizabeth (Betty) W. Jefferson Fund, D. Webster, Jr., and Elizabeth S. Marshall Fund, Doug Massey Fund, James A. and Anne V. Robertson Fund, Barbara H. Sater and Herbert W. Sater Memorial Fund, John C. Swanson, Jr. Fund, The Opportunity Fund and Unrestricted Community Fund.
Field of Interest Funds including The Free Clinic Fund, Stratford House Center Fund, Faye Carter Fund, W. Earl and Elise M.G. Allen Fund, Animal Welfare Fund, Mary Cahill Historic Preservation Fund, Ahmed Children’s Fund and the Laurie S. Moran Rotary Service Fund.
Donor Advised Funds including Gamewood Technology Fund, Irvin H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Fund, P. Niles and Carol Daly, Jr. Fund, Philip and Frances Daly Fund and Pat and Cathy Daly Fund. Pass Through Funds from the Danville Regional Foundation Fund.
*Abundant Life World Outreach Church ($5,550) to provide computers, library books, desks, educational materials and supplies for after school and summer camp use. (Faye Carter Fund)
*American Red Cross of Blue Ridge Virginia ($10,000) to cover most of the cost of holding three blood drives in Danville and Pittsylvania County at a cost of $3,900 each. (The Free Clinic Fund)
*Animal Protection Society of the Northern Piedmont ($9,250) to build a shade/rain structure to expand usability of exercise areas. (Community Impact Fund)
*Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area ($11,889) to expose youth to technology through work based learnings in the Boys & Girls Club Tech Centers through the new Quad A initiative. The purpose of the QUAD A initiative is to expose youth to professional opportunities in four (4) areas. These areas are AI (technology), Arts, Aeronautics and Agriculture. (Gamewood Technology Fund, Pat and Cathy Daly Fund)
*Cascade School Community Center ($1,840) to purchase an AED device to install at Cascade School Community Center. (Stratford House Center Fund)
*Caswell Recreational Development Group ($12,500) to purchase and install a fitness area to be utilized by children ages 5 to 12+. (Community Impact Fund)
*Changing Lives Outreach Center CDC ($15,000) to provide food, safety materials and supplies for the low‐economic communities within Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties. (Community Impact Fund)
*Chatham First ($15,000) to reclaim a .5 acre lot in a business area on the North side of the Town of Chatham and turn it into a pocket park. (W. Earl and Elise M.G. Allen Fund)
*City of Danville Parks and Recreation ($2,775) to provide a beach music event for seniors and community members of Danville. (Stratford House Center Fund)
*Community Improvement Council, Inc. Head Start ($7,200) to obtain automatic external defibrillators. (Community Impact Fund)
*Compassion Health Care ($15,000) to provide cancer patients in Caswell County with direct financial support to help with medical transportation, medical and pharmacy co‐payments, nutritional supplements, durable medical equipment and support groups/education. (The Free Clinic Fund)
*County of Caswell ($15,000) to contribute to the purchase of a new minivan to create a structured transportation program for domestic violence survivors in Caswell County. (Community Impact Fund)
*Dan River Basin Association ($8,420) to fund a series of Conserve Our Water workshops. (Community Impact Fund)
*Danville Area Choral Arts ($2,500) to fund a choral concert collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of the Danville area. (Faye Carter Fund)
*Danville Church and Community Tutorial Program ($28,634) to support stipends for two to four year degreed, qualified teachers and math and reading specialists. (Ahmed Childrens Fund, Faye Carter Fund)
*Danville Concert Association ($2,500) to bring the Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra to Danville for a public performance at 7:30 pm, on Saturday, January 13, 2023 in the George Washington High School Auditorium. (Community Impact Fund)
*Danville Historical Society ($7,000) to provide museum‐level storage archives for the most extensive collection of tobacco history in the Mid‐Atlantic, donated by The Tobacco Museum. (Mary Cahill Historic Preservation Fund, Stratford House Center Fund)
*Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History ($2,000) to participate in two Museum Assessment Programs (MAP) and to contract for a Collections Intern. (Community Impact Fund)
*Danville Neighborhood Development Corporation ($12,500) to fund DNDC’s Home Repair and Property Improvement program to help property owners address deferred maintenance, make capital improvements, and improve the curb appeal of their home. (Community Impact Fund)
*Danville‐Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity ($30,000) to assist in buying the needed building materials and supplies to build the first decent, affordable house in Habitat Village North for the Fountain family. They are in need of a home that is healthier and more cost effective. (Community Impact Fund)
*Danville Social Services Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program ($50,000) to support the stabilization of individuals and families in the community by assisting with shelter needs which include utilities, delinquent rent, deposits and the occasional motel stay. (Community Impact Fund)
*Danville Symphony Orchestra ($3,000) to present a series of five free, live orchestral music concerts for the general public of Danville, Southside Virginia and Piedmont NC during the 2022‐2023 DSO Season. (Stratford House Center Fund)
*Fine Whines and Lickers ($6,425) to continue offering our spay/neuter program. (Community Impact Fund)
*God's Pit Crew ($24,000) to purchase excavator with trade-in of old excavator. (Community Impact Fund)
*Good Hope Equestrian & Regenerative Farm, Inc. ($16,500) to implement the Endless Strides project to provide 36 at‐risk youth ages 10 to 18, who attend the Hughes Residential Treatment Center in Danville, with an unequaled opportunity to participate in Equine Assisted Activities (EAAs). (Community Impact Fund)
*Grace A Lot ($2,200) to purchase new undergarments throughout 2023 and provide Back to School backpacks for fall 2023. (Community Impact Fund)
*Hope Center Ministries ($25,000) to provide scholarships for those interested in being admitted to Hope Center who may not otherwise afford the initial $700 fee. (The Free Clinic Fund)
*Just Kids Child Development Center and Legacy Christian Academy ($7,000) to purchase, install, and equip a prefabricated building to be used as a resource room for research and reading. (Faye Carter Fund)
*Milton Preservation and Beautification Society, Inc. ($31,250) to rescue and restore The Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory site and to hire appropriate qualified, historical preservation contractors to complete the work. (Community Impact Fund, Stratford House Center Fund)
*Piedmont Community College Foundation ($5,250) to remove barriers to educational goals by partially supporting BLAST! (Breakthrough Learning in Agriculture, Science and Technology.) (Community Impact Fund)
*PPL Foundation ($37,500) to contribute to a Community Stage Area to create an inviting area for community programs, musical events, poetry slams, or other library or community hosted events. (Community Impact Fund)
*Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, dba HumanKind ($5,000) to build the support network needed to ensure the highest quality of care for Danville area residents with intellectual disabilities. (The Free Clinic Fund)
*Providence Fire and Rescue ($20,500) to upgrade outdated turnout gear to the new cancer barrier turnout gear. (Community Impact Fund)
*Reach Out & Read ($7,500) to provide new, culturally and developmentally appropriate books to all children seen for well child visits at PATHS in Danville. (Faye Carter Fund)
*Second Chance Outreach Ministries, Inc. ($4,000) to support low‐income and disadvantaged children with Educational Tool Kits 4 Kidz, which are backpacks with school supplies. Backpacks contain 19 pieces per bag including hand sanitizer, custom children’s masks and pocket Bibles. (Community Impact Fund)
*Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina ($7,500) to support our project “Rural Delivery Fees for Our Caswell County Partner Agencies. (Community Impact Fund)
*Smokestack Theatre Company ($13,162) to support Summer stack programs during the summer of 2023. (Community Impact Fund)
*Southside Area Tennis Association ($9,000) to help support Aces & As Tennis and Leadership Program in the Dan River Region. (Community Impact Fund)
*SPCA of Pittsylvania County ($10,000) to provide veterinary care for the animals that we help in our mission to ensure positive outcomes for all animals and to be a resource to our community and collaborate with other animal welfare organizations to save every life possible. (Irving H. and Louise Hambrick Scarce Animal Fund, Animal Welfare Fund, Community Impact Fund)
*The Caswell County Parish, Inc. ($25,000) to provide emergency assistance to families in danger of having their electrical service terminated or to those families who cannot afford to purchase alternative forms of healng with propane, wood or oil. (Community Impact Fund)
*The Doorways ($5,000) to invest in our Patient and Family Access Program for Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County residents who need lodging and support while receiving medical services in the Richmond area. (The Free Clinic Fund)
*The Salvation Army of Danville ($25,000) to receive funds for our Family Services Program, which provides financial assistance for rent and utilities, food baskets and emergency temporary shelter for those suffering due to economic hardships. (Community Impact Fund)
*Virginia Legal Aid Society ($20,000) to help pay a portion of the work of the legal professionals in our Danville office to help low‐income residents of the Dan River Region preserve safe and affordable housing, and in particular to reduce area evictions. (Community Impact Fund)
*Virginia Repertory Theatre ($5,000) to fund five live and 35 virtual performances for Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County schools during calendar 2023. (Community Impact Fund)
*VTT, LLC dba Global Center for Automotive Performance (GCAPS) ($6,992) to support GCAPS AI Racing Robotics Summer Camp for 2023. (Community Impact Fund)
The Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next Competitive Grant Cycle on June 1, 2023, for projects to be funded and completed in 2024. Organizations are encouraged to begin formulating ideas now about projects for which they wish to apply.
The Community Foundation office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or their web site at www.cfdrr.org.