Support the Prospect House & Civil War Museum

Philanthropy is one of the oldest traditions of this country. Our operations, collections, expertise and web site are all the products of our members' generous contributions. Some give to preserve, others to enhance, and some simply to invest in connecting families and advancing history.

The Prospect House & Civil War Museum is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #273631846) and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Like most small nonprofits we do not collect enough through admission fees to cover our operating costs. Your tax-deductible gift helps us maintain the house and our remarkable collection of artifacts.

Ways to Donate

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General Fund

Online — You can donate online by clicking on the PayPal donate button above right.

Check — Use our mail in form (PDF).

Operating Fund

Visit our GoFundMe to help us with operations monies (lights, heat, air, water, etc.) so we can continue to keep our programs and tours going.

Friends of the Prospect House

To become a member of our non-profit organization, please fill out the form provided and contribute an Annual Membership of a minimum of $10.00. This will qualify you to receive an annual newsletter to keep informed about the activities at the Prospect House and Civil War Museum. Your membership in our organization helps preserve the history and to share the story of Cap Colehour, Civil War veteran and entrepreneur. Use our mail in form (PDF).

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund supports the Museum's fundamental operating expenses. Your gift directly impacts the Museum's resources and services. Your Annual Fund donation is unrestricted. This provides the greater flexibility needed to plan and expand on future developments. In an effort to keep our membership fees low, we utilize Annual Fund donations to offset expenditures.

Matching Gifts

You may be able to double your gift through a matching gift program available through your former or current employer. Contact your Human Resource Department to check for eligibility.


One of the simplest ways to support the future of the Prospect House is through a bequest included in your will. The simplest form is an Outright Bequest in which you designate the specific asset or amount of money you wish to bequeath.

Descendants of Prospect House

An exclusive group of donors who can trace their lineage back to James A. "Cap" Colehour, "Descendents of Prospect House Charter Members" have donated funds that paid for rebuilding and recovering furniture and much needed signage. If you are a descendant, please contact us to learn how you can help.

Other Donations

There are many things that can be donated that would help the museum out. Please visit our "wish list" for suggestions.


Donate your time. We need you! Check out our volunteer page for more information.

Thank you for supporting the Prospect House & Civil War Museum. Your generosity makes a difference. Giving online is a safe, simple and time efficient way to donate. Though it will only take a few minutes to donate, your gift will impact the Museum for years to come.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how to donate.

Volunteers are also needed.

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