The Brandy Station Foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c)-3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and historic resources of the Brandy Station area of Culpeper County, Virginia.
The primary focus of the Brandy Station Foundation is preserving the Civil War history of the Brandy Station area of Culpeper County. We have been instrumental in the preservation of significant tracts of land related to the Battle of Brandy Station (June 9, 1863) and Kelly's Ford (March 17, 1863).
The Brandy Station Foundation purchased and operates the Graffiti House, a museum on 19484 Brandy Road in Brandy Station. The Graffiti House also serves as a Battle of Brandy Station visitor center. The Civil War-era Graffiti House is a two-story frame structure which was built in 1858. The walls of the second floor contain drawings, messages, and signatures of Civil War soldiers, hence the name "Graffiti House." Our Foundation goals in 2021 include raising money for the maintenance and preservation of the Graffiti House.
The Brandy Station Foundation has hosted numerous community events, ranging from educational in nature to entertaining. We host Civil War lectures, battlefield tours, special Graffiti House tours for educators and other groups, and commemorative events like Heritage Day to see how life was in the 1860s. The community also enjoys an annual "Spirits of the Graffiti House" event with Graffiti House tales and paranormal group findings.
As part of the Friends of Culpeper Battlefields, we support a new state park at the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain battlefields. Together, the American Battlefield Trust and the Brandy Station Foundation have acquired and preserved about 1,400 acres across these two battlefields. As both the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors and Culpeper Town Council have articulated, bringing together this previously preserved acreage under the Virginia state park system would provide a distinctive destination for heritage and recreational tourism alike. Thank you for your support of the Brandy Station Foundation!