Fort Donelson Participates in Civil War Trust's Park Day For 2013
Contact: Douglas Richardson, (931)232-5706, ext. 108
Almost exactly 151 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America's storied battlegrounds - only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint brushes, trash bags and weed whackers.
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America's priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort - dubbed Park Day - is underwritten with a grant from History™, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Park Day, now in its 17th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites. This year, more than 100 sites in 22 states are expected to take part in the effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive t-shirts and learn the site's history from local experts.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield will participate in Park Day 2013. Volunteers are needed to remove litter from park trails and historic earthworks, and removes leaves and debris from the earthworks. For more information about Park Day at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, please contact Douglas J. Richardson at (931)232-5706, ext 108.
WHAT: "Park Day" historic preservation event at Fort Donelson
WHEN: April 6, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Fort Donelson National Battlefield visitor center, 120 Fort Donelson Road, Dover, Tennessee
Did You Know?
There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.