Kentucky volunteers will team up with the Civil War Trust to clean and restore 10 landmarks as part of Park Day, a nationwide effort that includes more than 125 historic sites in 29 states. Thousands of volunteers will gather at sites across the country as Park Day celebrates its 20th year on April 2.
Volunteers are encouraged to contact the sites listed below. Activities range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and planting trees. Some sites will provide lunch or refreshments, and a local historian may be available to describe the park’s significance. Volunteers will also receive T-shirts.
Starting times and dates vary. Volunteers may sign up at:
▪ Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve, Munfordville, 10 a.m. Activities will include wayside exhibit installation, trail maintenance, and grounds and restoration work. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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▪ Battle of Richmond, Richmond, 10 a.m. Volunteers will assist with limb removal, cleaning and trash pickup. (Note that this site is holding its event April 9.) Contact Phillip Seyfrit at email@example.com.
▪ Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington, 2 p.m. Activities include a hike to Battery Bates and Combs in Devou Park, in conjunction with the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum in Fort Wright. Contact Regina Siegrist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Camp Wildcat Civil War Battlefield, London, 9 a.m. Volunteers will pick up trash along the road to Camp Wildcat, remove trash from trails, spread lime and fertilizer on grass around the main parking lot, straighten the fence around the main parking lot and paint floors in the bathroom. Light food and drinks will be provided. Contact James Cass at email@example.com.
▪ Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus, 9 a.m. Volunteers will plant flowers, clean interpretive panels and outdoor artifacts, work on trails, clear limbs and pick up trash. Food and drinks will be provided. (Note that this site is holding its event April 23.) Contact Cindy Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Fort Boone Civil War Battle Site, Frankfort, 9 a.m. Volunteers will pick up downed limbs and clean along trails and walls. Light food and drinks will be provided. Contact Chuck Bogart at email@example.com.
▪ Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site, West Point, 10 a.m. Volunteers will assist with clearing brush, minor maintenance, raking and trash pickup. Lunch will be provided, followed by a wildflower walk. (Note that this site is holding its event April 9.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, Fort Wright, 9 a.m. Volunteers will work on the flower gardens and walkways; this may involve some brush cutting and edging of flower beds. Drinks will be provided. Contact Jeannine Kreinbrink at email@example.com.
▪ Mill Springs Battlefield Association, Nancy, 10 a.m. Volunteers will clean Zollicoffer Park, picking up trash from the roadways and maintaining trails. Light food and drinks will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville, 8 a.m. Volunteers will be working on split-rail and stone fences, as well as general cleanup and trail maintenance. Light food and drinks will be provided. Contact Joni House at email@example.com.
For a complete list of sites, go to Civilwar.org/parkday. Volunteers can participate online using #ParkDay2016.