For Immediate Release: 07/13/11
Media Advisory: Civil War Trust, Federal and State Officials, to Announce Manassas Preservation Victories for Battle Anniversary
(Manassas, Va.) – On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, one day prior to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s first great land battle, officials from the Civil War Trust, the National Park Service, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Prince William County will gather to announce multiple and exciting preservation victories at Manassas National Battlefield Park.
During the event, the Civil War Trust will announce the preservation of 46 acres of battlefield land once thought lost to development, protected as the result of a unique public-private partnership involving government officials on the federal, state and local levels. In addition, the Trust will formally announce the transfer of 10 acres of hallowed ground to the National Park Service (NPS). In total, more than 56 acres of hallowed ground are being protected in time for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the battle.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the historic Brawner Farm at Manassas National Battlefield Park, located off Pageland Lane in Gainesville, Va. Guests should arrive early, as the event site is approximately 300 yards away from the NPS parking area, on a paved trail. Following the news conference, Park Service interpreters will discuss the historic significance of both properties.
WHAT: News conference to announce exciting preservation victories at Manassas National Battlefield
WHO: Civil War Trust will be joined by federal, state and Prince William County officials
WHEN: July 20, 2011 at 10 a.m. ET
WHERE: Historic Brawner Farm at Manassas National Battlefield Park, 6501 Pageland Lane, Gainesville, Va.
The Civil War Trust 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 through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including nearly 16,000 acres in Virginia. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.