Our Purpose

Our purpose is to inspire our guests to discover and embrace their role in advancing design for the public good — design that creates connections, improves lives, strengthens communities, and transforms the world we share for the better.

Our Mission

Our mission is to present The Branch House as the one place in Virginia — because of its location and evolving story — where everyone can begin exploring design for the public good.

Our Vision

Our vision is that with every visit, our guests leave with the inspiration, tools, and desire to advance design for the public good.

Board of Trustees:

John H. Crouse, AIA, LEED BD+C, Chair
Robert A. Steele, FAIA, Chair Elect
Laura B. Cameron, Immediate Past Chair
Patteson (Pat) Branch III, Interim Treasurer
Sally Brown,
Walter M. Dotts, Trustee
Penelope C. Fletcher, Executive Director

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Advisory Council:

Samuel W. Daniel, Chair
Robert A. Boynton, FAIA
Stephen A. (Kip) Caudle
Stephen (Steve). Coor, Hon. AIAVA, CSI, CMI
Meril Gerstenmaier
Kathleen S. Kilpatrick
Thomas A. Lisk
Calder Loth
Jacquelyn Pogue
Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED AP
Susan Reed
Beth Schulhof, CPA
Joe Seipel
Edwin Slipek, Jr.
Julie W. Weissend, LEED AP
Fran Zehmer
Bucci Zeugner


Penelope C. Fletcher,Executive Director
Kathleen Bagenstose, Event Director
Chelsea Kashani, Special Projects Associate
Katarina Spears, Operations Director
Emily Stava, Development Assistant

All other inquiries can be directed to our Front Desk 

Images on our home page generously provided by Sarah Catherine at S Catherine photography

CZC Compliance is documented here: CZC Compliance 2019