Our History

We’ve always been passionate about making a difference in young lives. When we were founded in 1970, that meant serving a handful of teen boys on a single Goochland farm. Today, we reach over 600 boys and girls ages 4-21 through a continuum of care stretching from east of Richmond to west of Staunton.

Our Beginnings

Elk Hill got its start in 1970 when the Scott family had the vision to turn a historic property on 300 rolling acres in rural Goochland into a residential program for a few young men in need of a stable home and steady support.

Our Progress

Since then, we have grown to serve over 400 children and families each year– and counting. Our residential roots have branched out into a range of services extending directly into local communities to reach children at younger ages and earlier stages of need. And our Goochland heart and home is now just one of six unique Elk Hill locations scattered across Central Virginia.

Our Vision

As we’ve grown, so has our vision. By our 50th birthday in 2020, we want to be serving twice as many children and families with expanded scholarship support, updated facilities and technology, and innovative program enhancements. We want to reach kids sooner, empowering them to grow stronger and healthier before problems lead to a crisis. Together, we can make that happen. 


Did you know?

The original Elk Hill was a small plantation home owned by Thomas Jefferson until it was occupied and burned by Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War. The current Greek Revival structure was built by the Harrison Family in the 1830’s and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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