How You Can Help

Financial support is also needed to professionally catalogue the museum’s collection of artifacts and photographs and to continue the development of the extensive oral history project.

Volunteering as a docent is yet another way to assist.   After training, view docents spend two weekday afternoons per month.  Working on the time-sensitive oral history and cataloguing projects are other worthwhile opportunity for volunteers.

Donors are needed to help provide for the operating costs of the two studios in Building 9, the current location of the Workhouse Prison Museum.

To achieve these goals, a minimum of

$20,000 is needed every year.

Friends Benefits—pick a giving level that allows these fascinating stories to be carried on.

 Level              Contribution               Benefits

Friend            up to $100                  Recognition roster

Musician        $100-499                   Chuck “Go Go” Brown CD

Chaplain        $500-999                   Suffragist jail house door pin or pendent

Warden          $1,000-4,999             Dinner for two with a Workhouse-era historian

Suffragist       $5,000-9,999             Exclusive suffragist doll and invitation for two to                                                                          a gala event
Patron            $10,000+                   Exclusive event recognition

The museum is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday, noon-3 P.M., and Saturday and Sunday noon-4 P.M.

Tax-deductible donations to the Workhouse Prison Museum at The Workhouse Arts Center are gratefully accepted.  The Lorton Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Make checks payable to:

Workhouse Arts Foundation/Workhouse Museum

9518 Workhouse Way

Lorton, Virginia 22079-3413

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The prison has been transformed; it’s like a phoenix rising from the ashes.  Yet there are so many echoes of its former self.      Sherrill Lockhart-Gaye, former Corrections Officer