Help us take archaeology to new heights!
The Fairfield Foundation needs to raise $3500 to purchase a new drone, intelligent flight batteries, and an iPad for the controller.
Since 2017, our organization has been using drone technology to pioneer new methods for documenting archaeological sites and historic properties across Virginia. Many of the sites we document are at risk for destruction by natural or cultural forces, and the photographs and 3D models we create with the drone are often the final record of them. We also use the technology to create 3D records of excavations at archaeological sites, to document restoration work, to create innovative educational materials that teach students and the public about archaeology, and to help other organizations amplify their educational programs with 3D models and aerial imagery.
We are immensely proud of the work we have done with this technology, but after devoting many years of hard work to the Fairfield Foundation, our current drone, Major Tom, is ready to retire. Your support will help us purchase a new DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drone, which has updated features that make aerial photography, videography, and data collection for 3D modeling safer and more efficient than ever! While Major Tom will certainly continue helping us document our work at Fairfield Plantation, he looks forward to sharing the hefty responsibility of documenting Virginia’s many important historic resources. In addition to reducing wear and tear on Major Tom, having two drones will give us the flexibility to document multiple properties at the same time and ensure that we don’t have to put our work on hold when one of them requires maintenance.
Need more incentive to donate? Check out these great donor gifts!
$25+ For every donation of $25 or more we will send you a postcard featuring an aerial photograph from a historic site we’ve documented!
$50 Do you love frisbee? You’re in luck! Donate $50 and we will send you a custom “Time Flies” Fairfield frisbee!
$100 Are you a fan of our beautifully restored 1930s Texaco station headquarters? Would you like to look at it all the time? Donate $100 and we will send you an 11x14 photo print of the CAPE!
$300 Do you have a favorite building that we’ve documented with the drone? If you donate $300 we will send you a miniature 3D printed copy! Choose from a list of historic buildings and we will mail you a hand-painted 3D printed model.
$900+ Have you ever wanted aerial photographs of your property? Now is your chance! If you donate $900 or more, we will bring the drone to your house to conduct a photo shoot of the property! In addition to sending you the photos we take, we will include a professionally printed 11x14 copy of your favorite photo. (Limited to a 100-mile radius of Gloucester, VA)
In addition to these gifts, we will be hosting special drone-related events throughout the fundraiser to keep our followers engaged and excited! Keep an eye on our social media pages to find out more!