For Immediate Release: 07/03/01
CWPT Celebrates Preservation Partnership at Rich Mountain
(Rich Mountain, W. Va.) - For more than a decade, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation (RMBF) have worked hand-in-hand to protect historic Rich Mountain Battlefield. On Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, the two organizations will celebrate their partnership with a deed transfer ceremony and anniversary reenactment.
"Rich Mountain is a preservation success story," remarked CWPT President James Lighthizer. "Ten years ago, not a single acre of this historic site was protected. Today, thanks to our partnership with RMBF and other preservation groups, more than 400 acres have been saved from development."
The transfer ceremony will occur on Saturday in conjunction with a 1 p.m. skirmish reenactment. At the ceremony, CWPT will transfer 40 acres of core battlefield land to RMBF. CWPT purchased this property for $26,000 in 1992 from the same family that owned the property at the time of the battle. A conservation easement protecting the land in perpetuity will be placed on the property prior to the transfer.
In addition to the ceremony and 140th anniversary battle reenactments, several other activities will mark the weekend. Among them, a Saturday evening barbeque, a dance featuring the Rich Mountain String Band, a Civil War memorabilia auction, and tours of the battlefield.
Admission to the event is $5 for one day or $7 for two. Admission is free for children 12 and under. The Saturday barbeque dinner is an additional $6 per person and available by advance ticket only. For tickets or more information, call (304) 637-RICH or visit the RMBF website at http://www.richmountain.org.
WHAT: Deed Transfer Ceremony and Civil War Reenactment.
WHEN: July 7-8, 2001. The event is open to spectators at 10 am each day, with battles at 1 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday.
WHERE: Rich Mountain Battlefield Civil War Site (western side), 7 miles west of Beverly, W.Va. on Rich Mountain Road.
With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.