Restoration of The "BIG HOUSE"

Greeting to All of the Jennings Families, Friends, and the World!

This GoFundMe Account is created with the intent of notifying all family members associated with retaining and developing the land of which our ancestors have purchase and protected for our enjoyment.

As discussed in previous conversations amongst many family member, the goal of this fundraising is the removal of the old “Big House” structure and replacing it with a new house for the entire family to use as needed, allowing us the ability to create a functional environment of which the entire family can benefit from it existence. There is a lot of work to be accomplished and we know there isn’t a lot of us that have the time or resources to dedicate to accomplishing this task. Fortunately, we have been blessed to have someone with an enormous amount of experience in tackling big projects like this and has a genuine love for the caring of the land.  As the general foreman during the entire redevelopment process, Irvin will be providing oversight on the project and has acquired enough resources (building supplies and materials) necessary to successful build a one-level home with four bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and an industrial kitchen.

This is a three-phase project and we ask our family to play a role in the completion of each phase.

•          The First phase is simple: acquire an industrial backhoe to remove the shrubs and lumber from the front of the house and surrounding areas. This will also provide assistance in improving the yard area surrounding the house.
•          The second phase would be the completion of the lower level reconstruction of the house as stated above.
•          The third phase is adding an additional level (Second Level) to the house, similar to the first level design but with four additional bedrooms and two additional bathrooms only.

There are several concerns that hinder us from moving forward. Of course, you all know that everything cost money and, we need your support. The hopes and dreams of all whom I have talked with is to rebuild the “Big House” with the two levels as previously designed. Once this is accomplished, we would like to eventually add to the housing structure extending to the right side of the land as you face the house from the main road.

So, I have established a GoFundMe account in the name of the William-Henry Estate with an original goal of raising $20,000.00 dollars. Those who have received a copy of the rebuilding plans and attended the meeting back home (Victoria), know that this is a huge endeavor. I know it’s a bit of a task and a very steep mountain to climb, but our ancestors have done everything in their powers to purchase, build and retain the place they called home, “The Big House”.

Now, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, there has been an enormous amount of sweat, blood, hard work and many other sacrifices put into the farming of this land, and the building of the “Big House”. They've keep the land for over 200 years. Yes, I said 200 years of history, even before the early 1800’s. Today, the heirs of William Henry Jennings can reflect back on their grands, great-grand and great great-grandparents’ dedication and hard work set forth to retain the property located in the heart of Victoria, Virginia and stand proud of their accomplishments.

 It’s our turn to create the same environment we all can remember which was given to us as children.

All funds will be managed through the website we are developing, showing where the donated funds are being distributed in the rebuilding effort. Pictures of the development process and accomplishments will be posted as they occur.

Please help me and our entire family in the reestablishment of the foundation of our ancestors have built and the goals they’ve accomplished. With any donations that are given, I would like to personally give thanks from all of my ancestors that I know would want this to happen more than anything you could ever imagine.

God Bless Each and Every one of you!

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    • $200 (Offline)
    • 4 mos
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    • $100 
    • 16 mos
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    • $60 
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Warren Foster 
Burkeville, VA
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