Volunteers Needed for Civil War Trust Park Day at Petersburg National Battlefield

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 | 4:15 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – On Saturday, April 14, Petersburg National Battlefield will participate in the Civil War Trust’s annual Park Day. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the site where the longest event of the Civil War occurred.

Park Day was created by Civil War Trust in 1996. Each year, thousands of people across the country volunteer in what the organization calls, a hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites in taking on maintenance projects, large and small. Approximately 100 sites from coast-to-coast have signed up to participate this year.

“If you or your organization would like to volunteer and make a difference in preserving our history, please contact me,” said Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth (Betsy) Dinger.

She can be reached by telephone at (804) 732-3531, extension 208. Volunteers will need to arrive  in the parking lot of the Eastern Front Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. Work will commence at approximately 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 12:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, Park Day will be postponed until the following Saturday, April 21.

Volunteers from last year’s Park Day, working on the siege encampment exhibit at Petersburg National Battlefield

“This is a wonderful opportunity for area residents to come out and discover and enjoy the rich history we are blessed to have right here in our own area. While experiencing and learning the history, we can also help upkeep and preserve our historical places for future generations,” said Dinger.

For more information about Park Day, visit the Civil War Trust’s web site at http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/.

The Eastern Front Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield, located at 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, Virginia, is the location where Union troops made their first major attacks on the City of Petersburg in mid-June, 1864.

Today, visitors can learn more about the history of the site by touring the museum, viewing the 18-minute video, or traveling the Unit’s four-mile, seven-stop road-tour. There are also 10-miles of nature trails suitable for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.

For more information, please call (804) 732-3531, extension 0.

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