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Historic home receives record donation

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Posted at 11:11 AM, May 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-22 12:52:57-04

PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) – The Battersea Foundation received the largest private donation in the history of the historic Petersburg home. The $150,000 donation came from former foundation president Barbara Moseley. Moseley, 63,  died earlier this year. [Read more about Barbara Moseley]

The foundation said it planned to use the gift to restore key areas of historic Battersea, which was built for Colonel John Banister in 1768.

The foundation said Battersea is a five-part Anglo-Palladian home and one of the last remaining, intact, in the country.

Over the next 12 – 18 months the foundation planned to:

  • complete the stabilization on the north side of the house
  • repair the front porch and entrance hall (which will be named after Barbara Moseley)
  • install HVAC in critical rooms in the villa
  • determine best place to put bathrooms on site for events

Battersea Foundation chairman Sandy Graham spoke to CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil about the donation and provided a history lesson on the home.