Volunteers needed to clean up Kentucky battlefields and historic sites

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Volunteers throughout Kentucky are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 18 Bluegrass State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event.

Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.

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Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, when Kentucky volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states. Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the unique role of the site in our national story. Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Kentucky volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, Lexington, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Kate Heil at kheil@henryclay.org
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trail maintenance and trash removal. The site will also host a Tree ID walk. Water will be provided.

Augusta, Augusta, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Darryl Smith at ohioatperryville@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with general cleanup of the cemetery and trash removal. The site will present a short history of the Confederate monument. Water and snacks will be provided.



Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve/Munfordville Battlefield, Munfordville, 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Greg Ard at caseman70@hotmail.com
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, landscaping, trail maintenance, trash removal and restoration work inside the historic Anthony Woodson House. Water and snacks will be provided.

Battle of Ivy Mountain Memorial Park, Ivel, 12:00 p.m.
Contact: Darryl Smith at ohioatperryville@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trash removal, cleaning the parking lot of dirt, cleaning the monument and interpretive panels. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 27, 2019)

Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, Richmond, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Phillip Seyfrit at phillip.seyfrit@madisoncountyky.us
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping and trash removal. Water will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 13, 2019)

Behringer Crawford Museum, Covington, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Regina Siegrist at regina.siegrist@me.com
Volunteers will participate with re-enactors talking about different aspects of the war, a hike to Battery Battes, and a viewing of the encampment. Re-enactors will be on site to talk about the war and conduct the hike. Water will be provided.

Camp Nelson National Monument, Nicholasville, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Peggy McClintock at pmcclintock@jessamineco.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trail maintenance and trash removal. Water and snacks will be provided.

Camp Wildcat, London, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: James Cass at maxineandjim@windstream.net
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trail maintenance and trash removal. Dr. John Fox of Boone Trace, Ky. may be on site to discuss the history of the site.

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Cindy Lynch at cindy.lynch@ky.gov
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, landscaping, planting flowers, trail maintenance and trash removal. The site will offer a museum tour to volunteers. A meal will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 27, 2019)

Cynthiana (KY) Battlefields, Cynthiana, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Richard McCormick at rmccormickcivilwar@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trash removal and general outside cleaning. Water will be provided.

Fort Boone Civil War Battle Site, Frankfort, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Charleas Bogart at cbogart75@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trail maintenance, trash removal and cleaning museum buildings. Water and snacks will be provided.

Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site, West Point, 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Connie Morris at info@fortduffield.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, planting, trail maintenance and trash removal. Water and snacks will be provided.

James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, Fort Wright, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Jeannine Kreinbrink at ramagecivilwarmuseum@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, painting and planting. A tour of the museum will be available to volunteers. Water and snacks will be provided.

Keller’s Bridge, Cynthiana, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Kristin Church at info@cynthianabattlefieldsfoundation.org
Volunteers will help with clearing brush and trash removal. Low-impact activities as well as a local middle school history club will be available for children.

Middle Creek National Battlefield, Prestonsburg, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Linda Layne at fitzprop@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping and trash removal. A meal will be provided.

Mill Springs, Nancy, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Ben Blevins at outreach@millsprings.net
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, trail maintenance, trash removal and tidying outdoor areas. A meal will be provided.

Perryville Battlefield, Perryville, 8:00 a.m.
Contact: Joan House at joan.house@ky.gov
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, planting and trash removal. A museum visit will be available to volunteers, and a meal will be provided.

Tebbs Bend, Campbellsville, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Suzanne Ince at Since81@icloud.com
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, installing markers/interpretative signs, landscaping, painting, planting, trail maintenance and trash removal. This site will have historians and battlefield landowners available for questions and discussion. A meal will be provided for volunteers.

For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, visit www.battlefields.org/parkday. Volunteers can share their Park Day participation online using #ParkDay2019.