Help­ing hands for Park Day

Fort Lee sol­diers help pre­serve Civil War his­tory

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kate Gib­son Staff Writer

DIN­WID­DIE — On Satur­day, 21 Fort Lee sol­diers came to lend a help­ing hand at Pam­plin His­tor­i­cal Park for Park Day, a na­tion­wide event pi­o­neered by the Civil War Trust to pre­serve and beau­tify the parks that honor Amer­ica’s Civil War his­tory.

“We’re do­ing vol­un­teer work for the com­mu­nity,

just try­ing to give back,” said Sgt. Christo­pher Bell, one of the sol­diers in the ad­vanced lead­er­ship course that came to help last week­end.

The group worked to re­paint the fence sur­round­ing the Tu­dor Hall Plan­ta­tion house, which will help pre­pare the site for April 24 when it will be fea­tured in the His­toric Gar­den Week tour for Peters­burg and Din­wid­die County.

Tu­dor Hall Plan­ta­tion was built around 1812 and orig­i­nally owned by the Bois­seau fam­ily, pre­de­ces­sors of the Pam­plins, ac­cord­ing to the Park web­site.

This yearly event gives mem­bers of the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to “as­sist with preser­va­tion ef­forts” at Pam­plin and other his­toric parks, Chief Park Ranger Chris Banchero said.

Pam­plin His­tor­i­cal Park is a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark and was dubbed one of “Vir­ginia’s Best Places to Visit” by the Travel Chan­nel.

The site has four mu­se­ums and four an­te­bel­lum homes spread out over 424 acres.

Lo­cally, the Peters­burg Na­tional Bat­tle­field also par­tic­i­pated in Park Day.

Kate Gib­son may be reached at kgib­son@ progress-in­dex.com or (804) 722-5162.

[KATE GIB­SON PHO­TOS/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.

Sgt. Erick An­cira helps paint the fence out­side the Tu­dor Hall Plan­ta­tion house at Pam­plin His­tor­i­cal Park in Din­wid­die on Satur­day.

Fort Lee sol­diers help paint the fence out­side the Tu­dor Hall Plan­ta­tion house at Pam­plin His­tor­i­cal Park in Din­wid­die on Satur­day.

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