GSUSA purchased the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace to offer girls a place to experience Girl Scouts as Juliette would’ve wanted—with spirit, curiosity, and courage—rather than to establish a traditional historic house museum. This intention is documented in a 1955 letter to the Girl Scout Movement from then-national director (CEO) of Girl Scouts, Dorothy Stratton:
Although the house itself is interesting as an example of Regency architecture, it is not primarily for its historic interest that the Girl Scouts have bought it. Generally speaking, it is not within our purview to own or restore old houses... Nice as it is to own this house and to restore it to its former beauty, it is not to be a period piece unrelated to the life of the Girl Scouts in the second half of the twentieth century. Ms. Low was a woman of action. If we merely preserved her home, we would fail to realize completely the possibilities of her birthplace. To be true to her ideals and her plan for the girls of the United States, the birthplace must provide opportunities for girls to talk about their dreams, their ambitions, ways of serving their country, ways of making friends in school, their town, their country, and other countries.
Read more about the mission and history of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.