Historic site, community cultural center, and so much more
Margaret Douglas Hall established a quiet but unmistakable legacy of generosity toward her community. Like her beloved husband, Howard, and her parents, George and Irene Hazeltine Douglas, Margaret actively participated in philanthropic efforts on behalf of her city and state. She made her home her final gift.
In 1981, Margaret bequeathed the Brucemore estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. America's most prominent preservation organization, the National Trust owns only 26 historic sites across the United States. To ensure local control, the preservation and operation of the site is administered by Brucemore, Inc., a private non-profit governed by a local, 15-member Board of Trustees.
Today, tours of the Mansion's interiors and grounds afford visitors glimpses into the lives of the owners and staffs. Exhibits in the site's Visitor Center provide in-depth looks at local history. School programs enhance the curriculum of regional educators.
More than a typical house museum, Brucemore is also a community cultural center. A broad range of performers and artists have thrilled audiences in the Mansion and on the grounds. From large blues concerts and classic outdoor theatre to intimate musical performances in the Mansion's Great Hall, Brucemore presents an unparalleled diversity of experiences. With more than 26 acres of gardens and landscaping, Brucemore is also the setting for quiet walks and thoughtful exploration.
Several non-tourist opportunities also exist at Brucemore. The historic Cutting Gardens maintained on-site for decades provide inspiration for unparalleled floral arrangements from the Brucemore Cutting Gardens Flower Shop. Themed gifts are available for purchase in the Brucemore Store. Finally, non-profit organizations and corporate members can rent facilities onsite for unique events and meetings.
Brucemore is sustained by a large member organization whose annual contributions make possible both the preservation of the historic property, and the vibrant slate of programs.
For more than 30 years, Brucemore has fulfilled this mission as a historic site, community cultural center, and so much more.