Preserve, Protect and Pass on

Join the Shirley Plantation Foundation to help preserve, protect and pass on America’s oldest family-owned business so that future generations of Americans can enjoy this remarkable historic treasure. In the words of Randy Carter, one of the founding board members of the Shirley Plantation Foundation, “our donors and members provide vital support empowering our capability to educate the visiting public and preserve Shirley Plantation. My father, the late C. Hill Carter, opened his home to visitors in 1962 with the intention of having the property always open and available to the public. This foundation is crucial to keeping Shirley open for future generations of visitors .”

The Shirley Plantation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to sharing the relevance of Shirley’s heritage through education, advocacy, and community involvement. The Shirley Plantation Foundation receives no regular local, state or federal support and sustains itself with membership and admissions revenue. Donation and membership revenues fund new exhibits and educational programs.

Membership levels for the Shirley Plantation Foundation start as low as $60 per person and encompass a variety of benefits. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation or join the Foundation today, please go to the Square Market and click on the Donate or Membership tab on the main menu bar.  For information concerning membership benefits and packages contact the plantation at 804-829-5121 or