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Wilton House Museum is dedicated to education and preservation through restoring and publicly showing the plantation house and grounds which constitute the Museum. The Museum recognizes its role as an educational institution. This role involves continuing interpretation of the house to the general public, sponsoring seminars, workshops, and lectures on early American history and arts for adults and children, and offering internships and classes designed specifically for students. The Museum also collects and supports research on period furnishings to assist in interpreting the lifestyles of former occupants of the house and others in the period and to increase the public's appreciation for and understanding of aesthetic achievement in Colonial America, especially Colonial Virginia.
Wilton is Richmond's premier 18th century decorative arts house museum. Built in 1753 by William Randolph III, the house was at the heart of a 2,000-acre tobacco plantation, originally located six miles east of downtown Richmond. Thanks to the support of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this Georgian manor house was moved to its current location in 1934 when it was threatened with demolition.