Williamsburg Battlefield Association to host field clean-up day

History buffs and others interested in preserving local historical sites are invited to join the Williamsburg Battlefield Association in cleaning up a portion of the 1862 Williamsburg Civil War battlefield next month.

The clean-up day will be April 6 and is part of Park Day, the American Battlefield Trust’s annual hands-on preservation event.

The Williamsburg Battlefield Association is a local nonprofit focused on preserving and interpreting local Civil War history. Park Day volunteers are invited to help cut brush and small trees, clear fallen branches and pick up trash at the former battlefield.

According to a Williamsburg Battlefield Association news release, thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day celebrates its 23rd year with events in 32 states.

According to the American Battlefield Trust website, the Battle of Williamsburg was fought on May 5, 1862, between some 72,591 Union and Confederate soldiers near Fort Magruder in York County. To date, the American Battlefield Trust has preserved more than 50,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states, according to the release. Refreshments will be provided and a local historian also will be available to describe the site’s significance during the battle.

For more information about Park Day, email williamsburgbattlefield@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page @williamsburgbattlefieldassociation.

Want to go?

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6

Where: Meet at Griffin-Yeates Learning Center, 1490 Government Road.

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