For Immediate Release: 03/05/12

Civil War Trust and Pamplin Historical Park to Open New Trail at Breakthrough Battle Anniversary Event

Petersburg, VA – The Civil War Trust  and Pamplin Historical Park (PHP) have partnered to create a new walking trail to the Jones Farm battlefield of March 25, 1865.  This new .8 mile-path connects Pamplin Historical Park’s existing Headwaters Trail with a pristine section of surviving earthworks captured on March 25, 1865 in the Battle of Jones Farm. This important but little-known engagement influenced the Sixth Corps assaults a week later at the Breakthrough battle of April 2, 1865. The Trust and PHP will dedicate the new Jones Farm Loop Trail on March 31, 2012 at the Park’s annual anniversary event commemorating the Petersburg Breakthrough battle.

The day’s activities begin with a pre-dawn tour from 5:00 – 7:00 a.m. beginning at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.  This hike across the hallowed ground will include the new Jones Farm Loop Trail and participants may wish to bring a flashlight as they walk the same ground under the same conditions as the soldiers of 147 years ago.  A complimentary hot breakfast will be served to all registered participants in the Banquet Room at the conclusion of the walk. The cost for the tour, breakfast, daily park admission, and all special programs is $12, with Park Members admitted at no cost. Contact Member Services by Wednesday, March 28 to reserve a space on this tour. Reservations are required and are non-refundable. Call (804) 861-2408 or email MemberServices@pamplinpark.org. 

The Park will open for other visitors at 8:00 a.m. to accommodate a full schedule of events. Park admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-12. Children under six are admitted free. Activities during the day-long event include tours of the Battle of Jones Farm and Breakthrough battlefields, Civil War Trust staff remarks, a trail opening ceremony, and military and civilian living history programs. Dr. Timothy Sedore will talk about his book Virginia's Confederate Monuments and hold a book signing. For a detailed flyer including a schedule of events, visit http://pamplinpark.org/pdfs/BreakthroughFlyer.pdf.

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One of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit” according to the Travel Channel, and designated as a National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a 422-acre Civil War campus located in Dinwiddie County, Virginia offering a combination of high-tech museums and hands-on experiences.  The Park has four world-class museums and four antebellum homes. The Park is also the site of the Breakthrough battlefield of April 2, 1865 and America’s premiere participatory experience, Civil War Adventure Camp. For more information, please call 804-861-2408 or visit www.pamplinpark.org.

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.  Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Patrick Olienyk, Pamplin Historical Park, polienyk@pamplinpark.org
  • Mary Koik, Civil War Trust, mkoik@civilwar.org 

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