Park Day – Saturday April 1
Park Day Projects at Three Battlefields in Fredericksburg Area
At Civil War parks all across the country, Saturday, April 1, 2017 will be “Park Day.” On this day, volunteers will participate in numerous service projects with national coordination done by the Civil War Trust. Local efforts are managed by both the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield and the National Park Service at three different locations within the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Volunteers are asked to report to one of two locations in the Fredericksburg area at 8:30 am to participate in a project ending no later than 1:00 pm. In past years hundreds of volunteers working a few hours each have had a huge impact on the park by picking up trash and tree debris, providing a fresh coat of paint, or replacing worn out apparatus.
Wilderness and Chancellorsville Battlefields
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will coordinate volunteers gathering at Ellwood, located at 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove, VA 22508. After check-in they will go to the Chancellorsville Inn working on numerous projects including painting cannon carriages, replacing worn bollards and the barrier around the foundation of the inn, rebuilding a well box cover and trash clean up.
Hot coffee will be provided by Starbucks at Harrison Crossing of Fredericksburg, and fresh pastries will be provided by Doughlicious Donuts and Bakery in Locust Grove. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will provide water and snacks.
Some volunteers with pick-up trucks are needed. Volunteers will receive a free commemorative T-Shirt while supplies last. Priority will go to pre-registered volunteers. Pre-registration is not required but encouraged. Please bring work gloves and safety vests if possible. Volunteers for this project are asked to register online at www.fowb.org.
Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield
The National Park Service staff will meet with volunteers at the Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter, located just off of Brock Road (Route 613) at 9550 Grant Drive West, Spotsylvania, VA 22508. Among the projects volunteers on the Spotsylvania Battlefield will be undertaking include spreading grass and straw where a trail is being relocated, removing small tree limbs from areas where mowing will soon be done, and trash pick-up. Volunteers who wish to participate in this project are encouraged to send their names to firstname.lastname@example.org.