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(Bristow, VA.) – Nearly 150 years after the final shots of the Civil War were fired, a new wave of volunteers will descend on America’s battlefields – only these dedicated troops will wield paint brushes, trash bags and hammers in the line of duty.

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. Park Day is the nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War Trust, underwritten with a grant from History™ and endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Now in its 17th year, the annual hands-on preservation event comprises more than 100 sites in 24 states. Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from trash removal to trail building, while learning more about each site from local experts. In exchange for their effort, volunteers receive t-shirts or patches. Individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome, and many activities are appropriate for groups, like scout troops or corporate outings.

In Prince William County, Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park will participate in Park Day. Needs range from litter pick up, trail construction/maintenance and fence restoration. Light refreshments will be provided for volunteers free of charge thanks to Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation. For more information about Park Day at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, please contact Rob Orrison by phone at 703-366-3049 or by email at

WHAT:      “Park Day” historic preservation event at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

WHEN:     April 6, 2013, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE:   Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park parking lot, located at the corner of Iron Brigade Unit Ave and Tenth Alabama Way, Bristow, VA 20136

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


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