Websites & databases

Since its inception in 2008, the Tusculum Institute has been dedicated to sharing historic resources online and devloping websites and databases to collect and disseminate information about local history. Below is a sample of some of our projects.

Digital Showcase

A Girl's Life in New York

Daisy Williams died tragially at age 16 in 1884. Despite her short life she spent dozens of months in New York City where her mother, Indiana Fletcher Williams, and father, Rev. James Henry Williams owned property. This website investigates Daisy's everyday life in New York City. Visit>



World War I Memorials in Virginia

In 2017 we will commemorate the centennial of America's entry into World War I. Virginia played a large role in training draftees, supplying the Allies with horses and mules, building ships, transporting agricultural products, and, for those who didn't return, erecting memorials to their sacrifice. This website explores this topic.Visit>



Sweet Briar Plantation

Elijah Fletcher purchased several thousand acres in Amherst County in the 1830s. By the 1840s he had retired from public life in Lynchburg and was actively farming the plantation that he named "Sweetbrier" in honor of his wife's favorite rose. When he died in 1858, his daughter Indiana took over the management of the large farm. When she died in 1900 she left 8000+ acres and $100,000 to found Sweet Briar College to educate young women. Visit>



African-American Heritage

Since 2001, Dr Lynn Rainville has been studying the lives of African American families who lived at worked at Sweet Briar. This includes the large antebellum community of enslaved laborers and the 20th-century college employees. Learn more about the contributions of these individuals. Visit>



Virginia Preservation Toolkit

One of the first initiatives of the Tusculum Institute was to partner with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Dominion Power to create an online guide to preserving historic homes in Virginia and saving money on heating and cooling costs. Visit>