RALEIGH, N.C. -- As our nation commemorates the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War, volunteers across the country will once again answer their nation's call to service. North Carolina State Historic Sites Bentonville Battlefield, Fort Fisher, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson and Bennett Place, and the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, will participate in the April 5 national Park Day program. History buffs, community leaders and preservationists will team up with the Civil War Trust, History™ and Take Pride in America at more than 98 historic sites across the country to participate in the 18th annual Park Day.
Volunteers at Bentonville Battlefield will help clean brush, bushes and vines from the re-enactor camp areas that will be used during Bentonville's 150th anniversary battle re-enactment. Volunteers at Fort Fisher, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson and Bennett Place also will help with clean up of trails, landscaping and other projects in preparation for the Civil War 150 commemoration. Volunteers at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport will help clean out shrub beds, paint the Museum doors and trim and spruce up the Fort Johnston fortification.
Park Day refreshments will be provided to volunteers at all the sites, and volunteers will receive a Park Day T-shirt. Volunteers should call ahead to register.
"Park Day" Historic Preservation Event
Saturday, April 5
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks N.C. 27524
Fort Fisher State Historic Site,
1610 S. Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach, N.C. 28449
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
8884 St. Phillips Road, SE, Winnabow, N.C. 28479
Bennett Place State Historic Site
4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, N.C. 27705
N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport
204 E. Moore Street, Southport, N.C. 28461
Park Day activities also are planned at these times: Bentonville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fort Fisher, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Bennett Place, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; and N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities. In 2013, nearly 8,000 volunteers at 105 historic sites across the country donated more than 36,000 service hours. Organizers hope to build on these impressive figures.
The Civil War Trust is America's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, dedicated to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promoting appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 38,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial. Also visit http://www.nccivilwar150.com/.
For more information about Bentonville, please visit this page, or call (910) 594-0789. For information on Fort Fisher visit this page, or call (910) 458-5538. For Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson visit this page or call (910) 371-6613. For Bennett Place visit this page or call (919) 383-4345. For the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport visit this page or call (910) 457-0003.