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photo by: Lucius A. Fontenot

Help Us Preserve History

We are a tax-exempt institution funded by donors like you and appreciate contributions in any amount.


Your financial support will preserve the legacy of the pioneer families who settled southern Appalachia and allow descendants, students, researchers, and tourists to experience how they lived. Please call or write for more information about the many ways to support the Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young Foundation.


By clicking the donate button, you will be redirected to our PayPal page. Enter the amount you wish to contribute and complete the process. You will receive a confirmation email when the donation is processed.

Make your checks payable to SMY Foundation and mail to:

The Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young Foundation
134 Joe Young Road
Burnsville, North Carolina  28714

You can also call us at 828.536.0337

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A Special Thanks to Our Major Funders


Foundation for International Education (FIE)