What the Foundation is About

The mission, vision and values of The Clermont Foundation were revised and defined by the Trustees in 2012, based on the terms of the Williams Trust,  the mission and values of the site’s owner, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the values local citizens brought to their trusteeship:

1. Mission/Purpose Statement (defined as “What we do”):

The Clermont Foundation supports research and education programs in history, historic preservation, and agriculture at Clermont Farm, using its cultural landscape for the purpose of increasing contemporary public engagement in those areas. These programs are planned and developed in partnership with Clermont’s owner, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and with local and regional partner organizations.

2. Vision Statement (defined as “What we want to accomplish over time by doing these things”):

To be an effective regional leader in engaging people of all ages in sustainable historic preservation and agricultural production, and in exploring the meaning of cultural and natural heritage, both public and personal.

3. Values (defined as “What guides our work”):
– Care
That we care about the natural and built environment, take good care of it,and take care in how we think about, plan for, and use it.
– Sustainability
That the ways we use this natural and built environment can be sustained long-term both financially and environmentally.
– Incrementalism
That the projects and programs to achieve our goals will be implemented step by step over time, as experience, study, and resources allow.
– Inclusion
That we will respect the wholeness of the site and its history, and the community of which it is a part. That we recognize that Clermont Farm is a complex “cultural landscape” (of a specific type designated as a Historic Vernacular Landscape) and a sustainable element of our community. It is a natural landscape which Native Americans, Europeans, and African Americans added to and structured for their purposes, and whose cultural imprints, still in the ground and the buildings, clear or faint, have made something new of the natural landscape. Like historic buildings and districts, these special places reveal aspects of our country’s origins and development through their form and features, and the ways they were used. Cultural landscapes also reveal much about our evolving relationship with the natural world.
Respect for the wholeness of this cultural landscape includes the idea that none of the contributions made by different peoples and participants in Clermont’s history will be privileged, and none will be excluded, and that representation and interpretation of the site’s history will reflect this. Clermont will, based on this value, continue to invite and nurture community.