Big News for Menokin

The Menokin Foundation was recently awarded two matching grants for the campaign to Save Menokin. The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation gave Menokin a 1:1 challenge grant in the amount of $150,000 this past May. Thanks to the generous support of capital campaign donors, we met this match in under 6 months!

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This past week, the Menokin Foundation received a $300,000 challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation. This challenge is for a 1:1 match to be met by December of 2016 for the Menokin capital campaign. We are so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to meeting this match in the coming months!

CF Grant ImageThank you to the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation and the Cabell Foundation for these wonderful opportunities. These challenge grants will go a long way to save Menokin!

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Support the Menokin Foundation December 1, 2015 and join the #GivingTuesday movement!

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Please donate today to the Menokin Foundation and help support growth and sustain the Menokin Foundation at is most critical moment in the modern era. Your donation to our annual campaign will enable the Foundation to operate day-to-day, support new and ongoing preservation programming, and allow the Foundation to ramp up our activities and make Menokin a richer experience for visitors and a more engaging learning center.

For questions or to schedule your visit to Menokin this holiday season, please contact the Menokin Foundation at (804) 333-1776 or email

We thank you for your support!

The Staff and Volunteers of the Menokin Foundation

Donate online or mail your check payable to “The Menokin Foundation” to:

The Menokin Foundation
P.O. Box 1221
Warsaw, VA 22572

Donations to the Menokin Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The Menokin Foundation is a registered 501 (c)3 organization: 54-1735338

Good Will and Happy Hunting

The holiday season is the time for goodwill and giving, and remembering those less fortunate than we are.
What has now become an annual tradition, members of the Wheelin’ Sportmen came to Menokin on November 7th for a hunt under the coordination of Robin Clark, and our neighbor Ford Becker.
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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

ACDS Visits Menokin for Fun and Fibonacci

Today Ms. Dillard’s 8th grade class from Aylett County Day School visited Menokin.
   The group learned about the relationship of the Fibonacci Sequence and the golden ratio as it related to the enlightened thinkers of 18th century Architecture and Design.
Afterwards they toured the Menokin Visitor Center and House, and hiked down to Cat Point Creek to get a view of the new kayak landing.  
This bright group of students was able to see how conservation at our site teaches about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through architecture, history and science.
It was a great day! Enjoy your holiday break!  

Menokin Intern Featured in UMW Preservation News

An email from intern, Sarah Rogers:

Hey guys!

Hope you’re all doing well! I saw the picture of the NW corner mock-up this morning. Looks awesome! So excited for you guys and Menokin.
I thought I’d let you all know that I was featured in the UMW Historic Preservation Dept Fall Newsletter for my internship with Menokin! Hopefully other students see it and will apply for next summer, so you guys can have as awesome of a group as we did this summer. Here’s the link:

I’m still planning to bring the preservation club to visit in the Spring, so hopefully I’ll see you guys soon 🙂


Grand Opening: Public Access to Cat Point Creek

This Saturday, November 14th, is the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new access road to Cat Point Creek! We are so excited to provide this new recreational opportunity here in Richmond County.

Join the Menokin Foundation for the grand opening of the road from 11AM to 1PM on Saturday. RSVP to the Menokin Foundation: 804-333-1776 or Let us know if you plan to bring your kayak or canoe and join in the inaugural launch from the Menokin shore!

Here is a sneak peak of what to expect along the new trail…

The new access road and canoe launch at Menokin has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the National Park Service – Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. The Menokin launch site now includes parking and a turnaround, as well as an improved soft landing for canoes and kayaks into the creek. New interpretive signage for the trail and will help to raise visibility for this important natural resource along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Thank you to the National Park Service and to our local community partners who have helped fund this project: Wood Preservers, the Beirne Carter Foundation, Chesapeake Conservancy, Patrick F. Noonan, the National Trust for Historic Places, the Campbell Foundation, and others. We are still looking for donations to help complete our match for this grant. Contact Christina Markish for more information and to pledge your support: 804-333-1776 or