CWTrust Volunteers sought to clean up KY battlefields, historic sites during Park Day


1st Lieutenant
Mar 16, 2016
Volunteers needed for Civil War battlefield cleanup day
Volunteers are needed for the April 7 annual spring cleanup at Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve in Munfordville.

The Civil War Trust’s Park Day is a yearly maintenance and restoration project that provides volunteers hands-on preservation opportunities at more than 160 historic sites in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Park Day is a great opportunity to introduce people to their own local history, said Tres Seymour, executive director of Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve in Munfordville.

“This event comes at a really good time for us,” Seymour said. “We are an all-volunteer organization and winter does a number on us. It’s a good time to fix fences, do some landscaping. We might do some painting. If the weather is not cooperating with us, we may go inside of the historic Anthony Woodson House and do some restoration work there.

“We’ve been participants with the Civil War Trust Park Day for a number of years. We’ve been very fortunate to have some pretty robust participation from folks in the community. We’ve got people who are fairly excited about working with us at the battlefield. It’s local people. It’s people who are taking ownership of their own local history.

“It’s important because there’s so much history in the general Hart County area that has gone unremembered for so long that people who live there seem to take a pride in it when they suddenly discover that a place in southcentral Kentucky was pivotal to the history of the nation. When people hear about the Civil War in Kentucky they often hear about the Battle of Perryville and how important that battle was. What they don’t hear about was the battle and siege of Munfordville.

“It was the point at which the Confederate forces had their greatest opportunity to win in the West and they squandered it,” Seymour said.

“The more people realize how important their history is, the more they take ownership of it and preserve it,” he said.

There is never a shortage of things to do on Park Day.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at 1309 South Dixie Highway just past the Hart County High School. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and bring work gloves.