Volunteers throughout Georgia are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 13 Peach State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.
Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, when Georgia volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states. Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the unique role of the site in our national story. Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Georgia volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below.
A.H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordville, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Melaine Boatwright at email@example.com
Volunteers will help with landscaping and trail maintenance. Tours of the historic site will be offered. Water and snacks will be provided for volunteers.
Battlefield Memorial Park, Savannah, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Daniel McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will help with landscaping, weeding, and painting. The site will offer its “Loyalest and Liberty” program which teaches the public about the battle of Savannah that took place at the historic site. Water and snacks will be provided.
Blue and Gray Museum, Fitzgerald, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Aaron Benefield at email@example.com
Volunteers will help with installing markers/interpretive signs, trail maintenance, trash removal, and general cleaning. Water and snacks will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 13, 2019)
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, 8:45 a.m.
Contact: Will Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will help with painting around the park. There will be a ranger guided tour of the battlefield at 2pm. Water and snacks will be provided.
Dalton Confederate Cemetery, Dalton, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Marvin Sowder at email@example.com
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, landscaping, and trash removal. The site will include lectures and handouts on the history of the cemetery. Water will be provided.
Fort Pulaski National Monument, Tybee Island, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Margo Blewett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will help with landscaping, trash removal, grounds and cannon cleaning inside and outside the fort, and light landscape maintenance. Activities such as light sweeping with small brooms will be available for children. There will be cannon firings at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm, and fort tours at 11:30am & 3:30pm. Water will be provided for volunteers.
Jefferson Davis Historic Site, Fitzgerald, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: John Hughes at email@example.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trail maintenance, trash removal, and pine cone removal. The site will offer free tours and a site video. Water will be provided.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Amanda Corman at Amanda_corman@nps.gov
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, landscaping, trail maintenance, stonework, and maintenance of trailhead. The site will offer a brief talk about the battle that took place in 1864, and volunteers are welcome to attend the park’s scheduled programs at 11am and 1pm. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 13, 2019)
Kettle Creek Battlefield, Washington, 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Walker Chewning at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trail maintenance and trash removal. The site will also offer a battlefield tour to volunteers. Water will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, March 30, 2019)
Picketts Mill Battlefield, Dallas, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: John Nash at email@example.com
Volunteers will help with landscaping, planting, and trail maintenance. This site also includes activities for children and will offer an informational talk about the battle. Water and snacks will be provided.
Prater’s Mill Historic Site, Dalton, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Elaine Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, painting, planting, trail maintenance, trash removal and general cleaning of buildings. Tours of the mill, c.1855 will be available. Water and snacks will be provided.
Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Resaca, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: John Biddy at email@example.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trash removal, raking and removing leaves, removing deadfalls and debris, weed trimming and mowing. A historian will be on hand to answer questions about the history of the cemetery. A meal will be provided for volunteers.
Shoupade Park, Smyrna, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Roberta Cook at RiverLineGA@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing invasive vines and privet. Roberta Cook, the Executive Director of The River Line Historic Area nonprofit, will provide a 15-minute history of the Civil War site. Coffee and donuts will be available to volunteers.
For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, visitwww.battlefields.org/parkday. Volunteers can share their Park Day participation online using#ParkDay2019.
The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 50,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. Learn more at www.battlefields.org.