The Villagers, Inc., commonly known as “The Villagers” is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic sites in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
By educating, advocating, fundraising, restoring and documenting, The Villagers continue a 54-year tradition of service.
- More than 150 local projects funded
- 75+ sites and organizations received grants
- 225+ university scholarships awarded to advance historic preservation
- Thousands educated through historic tours, workshops, and classes
- Launched Dade Heritage Trust and fought to save dozens of significant local sites
THE VILLAGERS & PRESERVATION
Over the years The Villagers have worked diligently in their support of historic preservation. They have added many other projects in Miami-Dade County, Florida, to their list of successes. The organization raises funds through house and garden tours with boutiques featuring homemade items such as an annual quilt, holiday ornaments, plants, and many other items. Other fundraisers include the Historic Hunt and auctions. The organization funds scholarships to students interested in an aspect of historic preservation. In addition, members act as advocates for the value of preservation that gives the community a sense of place. By educating, advocating, fundraising, and documenting, The Villagers, Inc. continues to this day dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic sites in the Greater Miami area.
In her University of Florida Master’s thesis, “Exploring the Hallmarks of a Successful Volunteer Preservation Organization,” graduate student Kelly Perkins concluded, “The Villagers’ impact on Florida’s historic landscape is immeasurable.”