He's the ideal candidate!
Rusty is nominated as a contender for one of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Your vote can help him win!
Voting beings August 1st! Just click here to go to the Virginia Association of Museum's voting site.
About the candidate: Rusty is 41 inches long, 14 inches wide and 18 inches high. He is iron, and has a protective coating that is beginning to flake off. He is beginning to rust, and Oatlands' staff has fondly dubbed him "Rusty".
He presides over Oatlands' garden and is beloved by volunteers, visitors, and staff.
His pedigree: Photos of William Wilson Corcoran's Lafayette Square home prior to 1919 show Rusty on top of the brick wall there, watching over the garden. Corcoran House was sold in 1919. Rusty came to Oatlands with his masters William Corcoran Eustis and Edith Morton Eustis, although we aren't sure what year he arrived.
The serious stuff: Rusty really is rusty. He is in need of a conservation assessment that will determine how he should be repaired. Oatlands needs to raise money both for the assessment and for the repairs. You can help! You can vote for Rusty and raise awareness about his need for repairs, and you can ask everyone you know to vote too!