Put the Polish on History During Civil War Park Day April 1

Civil War park day volunteer at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.
Raleigh

Four historic venues will join in the rush to clean up and polish up for spring on Civil War Park Day, Saturday, April 1. History enthusiasts, Boy or Girl Scout troops, youth groups or others interested in community service are urged to volunteer. Since 1996 the Civil War Trust has promoted Civil War Park Day to preserve our nation’s heritage and keep Civil War parks pristine.

Four state venues in North Carolina are participating in the program, including historic sites Bennett Place, Bentonville Battlefield and Fort Fisher, and the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport. Each site chooses its projects and makes the day special. The Civil War Trust will provide t-shirts for volunteers.

Bennett Place, Durham.  Projects include trail maintenance, clearing the Bennett family cemetery and fixing the fence around the historic kitchen garden. Adults and youth are welcome. Civil War Park Day t-shirts, light snacks and drinks will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For information or to volunteer, please call (919) 383-4345 or email bennett@ncdcr.gov.

Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks.  Projects include clearing a new trail and installing interpretive signs. Please bring small hand or garden tools; no power tools. Limited size t-shirts are available. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Please contact (910) 594-0789 or Amanda.brantley@ncdcr.gov for information or to volunteer.

Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. Projects include debris removal, leaf raking and light painting and scraping. Basic tools will be provided and volunteers will receive a Park Day t-shirt. Lunch will be provided by the support group, Friends of Fort Fisher. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are asked to register in advance. For information or to volunteer, please contact (910) 458-5538 or john.moseley@ncdcr.gov.

N.C. Maritime Museum, Southport. Projects include grounds cleanup, planting flowers around the entry, and planting vegetables and herbs in the interpretive garden. Work on other service projects and painting also are needed. Volunteers will receive a Park Day t-shirt and a hot dog lunch is planned. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please contact (910) 457-0003 or lori.sanderlin@ncdcr.gov.

Volunteers should be at least 10 years old. All ability levels are encouraged to participate. The state historic sites and the N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport are within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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