The next generation of preservation at Antietam Battlefield, 2016.

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Maryland Battlefields and Historic Sites on Park Day

By Preservation Maryland

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Maryland volunteers will team up with the Civil War Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of numerous historic sites on Park Day, a nationwide effort that includes more than 130 sites in 30 states. Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day, will you?

Volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below because starting times vary at each site. Activities are mostly outdoor jobs that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting signs and gardening. Volunteers will receive t-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to detail the park’s significance.

For a complete list of participating Park Day sites, visit Volunteers can participate online using the hashtag: #ParkDay2017.


Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, 8:45 a.m.
Contact: Olivia Black at
Volunteers will aid in cleaning up the National Cemetery in preparation for the 150th anniversary of its dedication and will assist in cleaning up the scout campground.

Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Barbara Wadding at
Pick up trash, paint and clear weeds, and afterwards, enjoy a tour of the fort. Drinks will be provided.  

Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Nissa Fink at
Volunteers will assist with area beautification, including clearing brush, landscaping and trash pick-up.

Point Lookout State Park, Scotland, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Bob Crickenberger at
Volunteers will help with maintenance in the prison pen, fort and lawn. Light food and drink will be provided.

Information provided by the The Civil War Trust. The Civil War Trust is the premier nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. Although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, through its Campaign 1776 initiative, the Trust also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. To date, the Trust has preserved nearly 45,000 acres of battlefield land in 23 states, including 1,307 acres in Maryland.



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