Our Mission

Virginia calls to mind two things: history and beauty. Virginians are fortunate that the events that shaped a nation took place against this backdrop of such breathtaking natural beauty. And as we lose ourselves in the frenzy of everyday life, we sometimes forget that this scenic beauty — our common wealth — doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee. Once it’s lost, it’s gone forever.”

–  Leighton Powell, Executive Director

Notable Virginian Thomas Jefferson once said,

“Communities should be planned with an eye to the effect on the human spirit of being surrounded by a maximum of beauty.”

There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty, than the preservation of anything that appeals to the higher emotions in mankind.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”  

– John Muir