Seven generations after the beginning of the Civil War, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds – only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paintbrushes, trash bags and weed-whackers.
Saturday, April 6, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) to help clean and restore America’s priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort – dubbed Park Day – is underwritten with a grant from History, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America.
Park Day is an annual hands-on preservation event created by CWPT to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites. This year, more than 100 sites in 24 states are expected to take part in the effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive T-shirts and learn the site’s history from local experts.
Cold Harbor Battlefield Park and North Anna Battlefield Park will participate in Park Day 2013 from 8 to 10 a.m.
Volunteers are needed to mulch, plant flowers, clean trails and remove trash. For more information about Park Day at Cold Harbor Battlefield Park contact Mike Mason at (804) 301-7187 and for North Anna Battlefield Park, contact Troy Samuels at (804) 283-5400.