Sign up for cleanup at three local historic sites on Civil War Park Day

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Volunteers working during Park Day at the N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Volunteers working during Park Day at the N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Calling all history enthusiasts – North Carolinians across the state are invited to take part in clean-up efforts on Civil War Park Day in April.

Five state venues in the state are participating in the clean-up program planned for Saturday, April 2, including local historic sites at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, Fort Fisher and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, according to the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Recourses.

Each site will choose projects in an effort to make Civil War Park Day special. The Civil War Trust will provide T-shirts for volunteers during the event.

Since 1996 the Civil War Trust has promoted Civil War Park Day to preserve our nation’s heritage and keep Civil War sites pristine. Civil War Park Day is a suitable undertaking for individuals or scout troops, service groups or church youth groups.

Volunteers should be at least 10 years old and all ability levels are encouraged to participate. The following projects are taking place locally on April 2:

  • Projects at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include: debris removal along the property and waterfront; ruin stabilization including work on fences and leaf and weed removal; cleaning wayside signs and park benches; and sanding and sealing the entrance sign. For more information or to volunteer call 910-371-6613 or email jesse.bricker@ncdcr.gov.
  • At the Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, projects will run from 8:30 p.m. to noon and include: debris removal, leaf raking, and light painting and scraping. Gloves and tools will be provided at the site. Lunch will also be provided by the support group, Friends of Fort Fisher. For information or to volunteer for this project call 910-458-5538 or email john.moseley@ncdcr.gov.
  • Volunteers who attend the clean-up efforts at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Southport are asked to participate from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects include grounds cleanup, landscaping the museum entry and planting the popular history garden. Girl Scout Clarissa Sommers will work toward her gold award with the history garden project. A hot dog lunch is planned for volunteers. To volunteer or for more information about the project call 910-457-0003 or email lori.sanderlin@ncdcr.gov.

The state historic sites and the Maritime Museum-Southport are within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), a state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. The department is led by Secretary Susan Kluttz. For more information about the NCDNCR or to find upcoming events call 919-807-7300 or visit their website.

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