For Immediate Release: 09/25/01
Kolb Farm Coalition and Civil War Preservation Trust Join Forces to Save Historic Battlefield
(Marietta, Ga.) - In May, historic Kolb Farm seemed all but lost to development. Local residents, challenged by Cobb County to raise $30,000 in matching funds to protect the battlefield, responded by forming the Kolb Farm Coalition. Now, less than 120 days later, the fledgling coalition has raised the sum necessary to preserve the site.
"This is an extraordinary achievement," remarked James Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT). "This community's commitment to saving this unique part of America's Civil War heritage is remarkable."
Kolb Farm was the scene of bitter fighting on June 22, 1864, resulting in more than 1,000 casualties. The 4.26-acre property, located on the southeast corner of Callaway and Powder Springs Roads, contains the remains of Union Army trenches. The parcel is the only remaining corner of the intersection not protected within Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
The final cost of the parcel is expected to exceed $100,000 per acre - considerably beyond the financial resources of most nonprofits. In May, Cobb County Commissioners offered to help preserve the site by using money from the Governor of Georgia's Greenspace Initiative if local residents could raise $30,000 to match the state funding. The Kolb Farm coalition quickly organized to raise the amount, concentrating their efforts on e-mail solicitations, theatre ticket sales, and even a yard sale.
According to Coalition President Bob Hovey, "We spared no effort to raise money and exhibit the enormous public support for saving Kolb Farm." Hovey will present the county with a $30,000 ceremonial check payable to Parkland Escrow during the Cobb County Commissioners meeting on September 25.
CWPT has pledged a "last-dollar-in" grant to make up the difference between the amount the Kolb Farm Coalition collects and the $30,000 goal. CWPT uses last-dollar-in grants as incentives to encourage preservation groups to raise money locally, thereby demonstrating the extent of community support for protecting and maintaining Civil War sites. The Georgia Battlefields Association, which encouraged CWPT's involvement at Kolb Farm, has pledged a similar amount.
CWPT is a 35,000-member nonprofit organization. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.