For Immediate Release: 03/21/05
Volunteers Needed to Plant Trees on Mullins Farm at Chancellorsville
Event is first opportunity for the public to visit recently saved battlefield
(Spotsylvania County, Va.) - On Saturday, April 2, volunteers from across the country will travel to Chancellorsville to help plant 2,000 trees on the Lick Run Battlefield (formerly known as the Mullins Farm). The purpose of the tree planting is to begin restoration of the historic Civil War-era wood line.
The tree planting is part of the Civil War Preservation Trust's (CWPT) Park Day 2005 festivities. Park Day is an annual nationwide event to help maintain and restore America's Civil War battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. More than 90 historic sites in 24 states will participate in Park Day 2005.
Park Day is underwritten by a grant from the History Channel. This year's Park Day has been recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a "Take Pride in America" event.
Park Day will be the public's first opportunity to visit this historic battleground, the scene of a bloody encounter on May 1, 1863. Prior to this year, the property was in private hands and not accessible to tourists. The 140-acre site was saved in November 2004 after a dramatic, 2 1/2-year grassroots campaign to prevent large-scale development of the property.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and work gloves if they have them, and to dress appropriately (the event will be held rain or shine). Volunteers will be provided with lunch and Park Day t-shirts. Following the tree planting, NPS historian Eric Mink will give a short walking tour of the property. Several local government officials are expected to attend.
WHAT: Tree planting on the Lick Run Battlefield at Chancellorsville (formerly the Mullins Farm).
WHEN: April 2, 2005, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Parking will be available at the former Countryside Nursery & Garden on Route 3 (6161 Plank Road). Parking is limited, so please try to carpool (overflow parking is available at the Gordon Road commuter lot).
With 70,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT's website is located at www.civilwar.org