The Mission of the Historic Sandusky Foundation is to preserve and interpret the Sandusky site as a public museum in Lynchburg, Virginia and to collect, preserve and disseminate information about the history of Sandusky, its inhabitants, and the role of Lynchburg in the Civil War.
Historic Sandusky is currently owned and operated by Lynchburg College. Executive Director, Greg Starbuck, is an adjunct of the college and many of the day to day duties are preformed by Lynchburg College students and graduates working at Sandusky.
A Brief History of the Historic Sandusky Foundation
The last private owner of Historic Sandusky, Mrs. Louise Early Adkinson, decided to sell the home in 2000. Upon deciding to sell the home, Mrs. Adkinson noted that "when it is next sold it will be the second transfer in 158 years." Mrs. Adkinson let it be known that she would prefer selling it to a group who could purchase it and open it to the public as a historic site. The Historic Sandusky Foundation was incorperated in December of 2000 in order to purchase the Sandusky property from Mrs. Adkinson.
The initial members of the Historic Sandusky Foundation, who pooled their resources to purchase the house were, Dr. Peter W. Houck M.D., T. Scott Garrett M.D., S. Allen Chambers Jr, Russell W. Hicks Jr, Henry C. Devening Esq, and Robert A. Sullivan Sr. these men are now fondly known as the Sandusky Six.
In 2005, the Foundation built a Visitors Center, Muesum, and Administrative Building, incorporating the garage that existed to the West of the House. That year, Sandusky's house and grounds were opened to the public for tours, with a focus on the use property around the time of the Civil War.
University of Lynchburg
In 2011, Historic Sandusky entered into a five year partnership with the University assuming ownership & operation of Sandusky as a history center for providing experiential learning opportunities for its students.
In 2015 Historic Sandusky became the home of the Hurt and Proffitt Cultural Resources Archaeology Materials Laboratory. This lab is run by Hurt and Proffitt, while much of the lab work is preformed by Lynchburg College students. The lab is also available to Lynchburg College Archaeology Field School students while working on the Sandusky grounds.
Historic Sandusky is a Registered Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sandusky is recognized as a 501C3 non-profit entity.