Williamsburg Battlefield Association Seeks Volunteers for Park Day Cleanup

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This Civil War Trust map shows major troop activities during the Battle of Williamsburg. (Courtesy Civil War Trust)
This Civil War Trust map shows major troop activities during the Battle of Williamsburg. (Courtesy Civil War Trust)

Update 03/15/16: Historian Carson O. Hudson is unable to attend the Park Day clean-up event, but a local historian will be on site to provide information about the property’s historical importance to volunteers.

Original Story: The Williamsburg Battlefield Association is looking for volunteers to come out and help with historic site cleanup and preservation as part of its Park Day celebration.

Park Day, which falls on April 2 this year, is a partnership between local preservation groups and the national Civil War Trust to clean up more than 125 sites in 29 states.

The Williamsburg Battlefield Association will host a Park Day event at 1490 Government Road – a site in York County that represents the center of the Battle of Williamsburg that took place in May 1862.

“Some historians have said [this site] is the most important intersection on the entire Peninsula,” said Drew Gruber, a member of the Williamsburg Battlefield Association. “George Washington passed through here, Francis Bacon passed through here and for our purposes this was the center of the Williamsburg battlefield.”

Volunteers who turn out on Park Day will be helping with trash and brush cleanup, site preparation and documentation that will include adding signage to the site and documenting changes or alterations to the landscape in preparation from future interpretation there.

After the cleanup and preservation efforts, historian Carson O. Hudson will provide a short walking tour highlighting the site’s importance. Light breakfast refreshments will also be provided to volunteers.

This event will begin at 10 a.m. April 2. Volunteers are asked to park at the nearby York County Head Start building. To RSVP to this event, e-mail williamsburgbattlefield@gmail.com.