Helping hands for Park Day
Fort Lee soldiers help preserve Civil War history
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.
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.