What we do

The Tusculum Institute is an historic preservation resource and training center, located on the campus of Sweet Briar College, dedicated to preserving and understanding the region’s historic assets within a context of environmental stewardship.

Since 2008 we have hosted workshops on a variety of historic and preservation topics, ranging from architectural history lectures to advice about selling historic homes and from an annual teacher's workshop on teaching with historic places to hosting nationally known authors. The Institute was created in partnership with the Department of Historic Resources in Richmond. They have been a crucial financial and intellectual partner from the beginning. We have also received assistance from Preservation Virginia, the Amherst County Historical Society and Museum, and Sweet Briar Alumnae.

Part of our mission has been to make local history accessible to broader audiences by promoting digital resources. If you follow the links on this site you will learn more about some of our online initiatives and our study of Sweet Briar history.