The Braxton Lee Homestead Foundation Board of Directors voted Jan. 20 to shift the group’s fundraising priority, focusing on purchasing the Braxton Lee House and its seven-tenths of an acre rather than the whole 57-acre property.
The foundation announced its decision Feb. 5, saying the shift in priority reflects Phase 2 of the foundation’s original intentions — securing the house in order to preserve local history and create a public venue on the homestead.
The Braxton Lee Investor Group, which owns the land, “is aware of and supports the decision to now shift the focus to the purchase of the house and its land,” the foundation’s announcement said. “In the meantime, the investors will begin meeting with site planners to create a vision and partnership for the property.”
Foundation board member Gerald Greer, who is also an Ashland City Town Council member, said in the announcement: “The Foundation has decided to adjust our focus to the purchase of the Lee house since it is the crown jewel of the property and holds significant historical value for the entire county.”
The group said there are several ways to make a donation, with information available at braxtonleehomestead.org.