The annual Civil War Trust Park Day, begun in 1996, is scheduled for April 6 and offers an opportunity to help get battlefields, historic building and cemeteries in 25 states ready for the tourist season. Think of it as an expanded spring cleaning.


Battle of Antietam (Kurz & Allison/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION)

Each site decides what needs to be done. Projects include removing trash, raking leaves, adding mulch, painting fences and building trails. Some places will offer just water and others will be furnishing a lunch.

In Alabama, volunteers will be asked to paint canons at Ft. Gaines Historic Site. Tomb stones need cleaning in the GAR section of the Modesto-Citizens Cemetery in California. At Fort Delaware Park, staffers need help moving boxes out of storage and back to the island and setting up rooms.

Gardeners are needed at Kentucky’s Middle Creek National Battlefield to clean out old beds and plant flowers and then mulch as well as cut weeds. In Maryland at the Antietam National Battlefield, volunteers will be asked to clear fields and trails of trash and in Virginia at the Star Fort, made famous in the Second Battle of Winchester, assistance is needed to lay a mulch trail around and inside the fort as well as a general trash cleanup.