5 Apr 2017

Thank You for a Great Park Day 2017

Thank You for a Great Park Day 2017

Thank you to all of our sites and volunteers that participated in our 21st Annual Park Day on Saturday, April 1st! A record-breaking 138 battlefields and historic sites, across 30 states and the District of Columbia, participated including Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 sites.

Keeping our historic sites preserved and pristine is truly a communal effort. On Saturday, an estimated 6,000 volunteers came out to lend a hand for history.

At Vicksburg National Military Park, 37 volunteers came out to help clean the Illinois Memorial and Shirley House. They cleaned inside the house, restored the rose garden and the sidewalk between the two, and worked on a carpenter bee removal project.

At Historic Blakeley, volunteers reconstructed the series of obstructions that stood in front of the Confederate lines on April 9, 1865 complete with fortifications, sharpened stakes, and telegraph wire strung between stumps for the first time in over 150 years!

And at Rivers Bridge, 29 volunteers helped remove 15 large truckloads of limbs and logs from the battlefield!

Our sites rely heavily on volunteers, and your hard work will make a difference for years to come. Thank you!

If you have any photos of the events, remember to enter our Photo Contest here. You’ll help us document this year’s success and be eligible to win a special prize! There are some great entries so far, and we’ll be announcing winners in a few weeks once we have them all collected. Keep checking back to vote for your favorites.


American Battlefield Trust

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