COVID-19 MESSAGE TO DONORS

Thank you for donating to London Town. Your support means more than ever before. Read the April 2020 supporter letter here from executive director Rod Cofield about the state of the organization and how much being a member and donor makes a difference. 

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Historic London Town and Gardens is a 501c3 non-profit (Tax ID: 52-1396159) that depends on charitable support.  We appreciate your monetary, matching, memorial, and in-kind gifts, which are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donate to the 50th Anniversary Fund

Starting in 2021, London Town will have been open for 50 years. And because of you, we are looking ahead to the next 50 years. Will you donate $100 or more in support of our 100-year vision?

 

London Town is looking ahead to the future. Here is just some of what’s coming soon:

  • We’re starting construction on a new education pavilion soon. This will make the site ready to expand our school programs as soon as the health crisis passes.

  • The second phase of preservation work on the c.1760 William Brown House is getting started this year. The 50-year-old electrical and HVAC systems are getting a much-needed upgrade.

  • We’re finalizing the designs for a new horticulture complex to better manage and share the gardens.

  • And best of all, we’re getting started on improving the South River waterfront.

 

While we can’t plan the big in-person bashes we had hoped to have, we have many exciting things in the works. Join us for a year of surprises, memories, and celebrations. We will look back at the last 50 years and share our vision for the future. Will you support us with a donation of $100 in celebration of the last 50 years and the next 50 to come?

Donate to the Propagation Fund

Propagating makes sure there are always ways to replenish our gardens' most important species. Creating a seed bank and properly storing saplings and nursery stock is the best way to maintain our special collections. However, we need your help to safeguard the gardens.

Your donation will go towards the $3,500 needed to:

  • fix the space behind the headhouse with new gravel and a sunshade

  • add appropriate storage space and supplies to create a plant stock storage area

  • buy a new refrigerator to serve as a seed bank

  • make other improvements to the greenhouse and headhouse

 

Donate to the General Fund

Your tax deductible donation will be used to help support London Town's mission to preserve our site, educate the public, maintain our wonderful gardens, and keep our admission and school tour prices as low as possible.

Donate to the Gardens

London Town maintains 10+ acres of woodland and ornamental gardens containing one of best collections of magnolia, camellias, and azaleas in the region.  Your donation to the gardens will help us ensure that our living collection is well maintained.

 

Donate to the Victoria Lerch William Brown House Collections Fund

In appreciation of retiring curator Vicki Lerch's remarkable multi-decade service to Historic London Town and Gardens, London Town is proud to announce the new Victoria Lerch William Brown House Collections Fund. These funds shall be used to care for and add to the material culture collection within the William Brown House. It will pay for acquiring new items, either reproduction or from the time period; curatorial care for the items; and other services related to caring for the collections. Please consider including a contribution in honor of her service.

 

Donate to the Eleanor S. Anderson Fund for Public Programs

Your donation enables over 5,000 students to enjoy educational programs in history as well as a full slate of programming, including our living history events and so much more!

 

Donate via Stock

Would you like to make a donation of stock to London Town? You can do so easily here. If you have any questions, please contact us at deputydirector@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 x205. Thank you!

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Why I Support London Town: The Atkins Story

After G. Pope Atkins retired from teaching, he and his wife Joan moved to the Eastern Shore to enjoy the woods. Unfortunately, Pope was soon diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and living on the Shore became too difficult. Instead, the couple came back to Annapolis, moving into an apartment. While the apartment was convenient to medical appointments and other needs, it lacked the beautiful woods of their previous home. A friend recommended visiting Historic London Town and Gardens, as it was not far away.

 

The Atkins came at the end of April in 2012 and after enjoying the gardens, immediately became members. Ever since then, they have remained members and visited regularly. They often bring friends, including a couple whose husband also has Alzheimer’s. He and Pope had both worked in the woods of Idaho years ago, so London Town gives them a chance to relive their youth together. Although the illness has affected their short-term memories, the two men still enjoy wandering the woods and discussing the trees.  

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Your Donation Helps the Next Generation: Dylan's Story

After Dylan Bacon finished high school, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. So he took a minimum wage job at a sub shop, working in the back kitchen. But he knew he wanted more.

 

He started classes at his local community college, trying to figure out some sort of direction. He knew he at least wanted to be outside and working with his hands.

He found a job at Historic London Town & Gardens. At London Town, Dylan fell in love with the gardens. This became a place where he could be outside, learn new things, and truly make a difference. He says, “This has been hands-down the favorite job I’ve ever had.”

 

When Dylan started at the community college, he figured he’d just get his Associate’s degree. But after discovering London Town, Dylan knew he wanted more. He transferred to Delaware State University to pursue a four-year degree in horticulture. Last semester, he made Dean’s List. Now he’s even considering going for his Master’s degree.

 

We are grateful for all that Dylan has accomplished at London Town. While we were sorry to lose him, we’re excited to see him pursue his passions. We can’t wait to see where he’ll end up. Who knows – maybe it’ll even be back at London Town one day. But if not, we know Dylan is going to succeed wherever he goes.

 

Please donate today to make sure that London Town can continue its work in education and preservation. We can only be a place that inspires passion with your help. Thank you for your donation. Thank you for helping more Dylans.

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