Piedmont Heritage 

Grant Recipient 2022

The Virts Miller Foundation’s grant has been a cornerstone in the revitalization and preservation of the historic Rector House, dating back to 1801, located in Atoka, VA. This esteemed building not only serves as the office and headquarters for the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area (VPHA) but is also in the process of being transformed into a museum and visitor center that celebrates the rich history of the Virginia Piedmont.  

The grant from the Virts Miller Foundation has enabled significant enhancements to the Rector House, including vital repairs to the building’s entrance to improve public accessibility. Additionally, the funding has supported the installation of several interpretive panels that provide visitors with insights into the historical significance of the region and the Rector House itself.  

Beyond the physical improvements, the Virts Miller grant plays a critical role in supporting our educational initiatives across the region. Our programs, which include visits to local schools and hosting students at the Rector House, have successfully engaged over 5,000 students in the past year alone, enriching their understanding of local history and heritage.