PRESS RELEASE from the the American Battlefield Trust, March 14, 2019:

Link: https://www.battlefields.org/

Volunteers throughout Tennessee are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 13 Volunteer 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.

Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, when Tennessee 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. Tennessee volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, 8:45 a.m.
Contact: Will Wilson at will_wilson@nps.gov
Volunteers will help with painting around the park. There will be a ranger guided tour of the battlefield at 2pm. Water and snacks will be provided.

Fort Dickerson, Knoxville, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Eric Wayland at ericwayland@gmail.com
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trash removal, raking and cleaning. Water and snacks will be provided.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover,
Contact: Debbie Austin at Deborah_austin@nps.gov
Volunteers will help with landscaping, planting, trail maintenance and trash removal.

Fort Germantown Park, Germantown, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Gary Douglas at gbdouglas@comcast.net
Volunteers will help with clearing brush and trash removal. Water and snacks will be provided.

Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Henning, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Tyson Weller at tyson.weller@tn.gov
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, installing markers/interpretive signs, trail maintenance, trash removal and helping to prepare food for volunteers. A tour of the earthworks and a history of the park as it relates to the battle will be available. A meal will be provided for volunteers.

Johnsonville State Historic Park, New Johnsonville, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Bob Holliday at Bob.Holliday@tn.gov
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping, trail maintenance and trash removal. Water will be provided.

Lotz House Museum, Franklin, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: JT Thompson at jtt@lotzhouse.com
Volunteers will help with painting different areas of the museum. Water and snacks will be provided.

Mabry-Hazen House, Knoxville, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Patrick Hollis at director@mabryhazen.com
Volunteers will help with garden maintenance and cleaning flower beds. Water and snacks will be provided.

Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Ruthie Kuhlman at info@oldgraycemetery.org
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trash removal, raking and picking up tree limbs. Water and snacks will be provided.

Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield, Wildersville, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Jim Weaver at jnweaver@bellsouth.net
Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, landscaping, planting, trash removal, cleaning of interpretation signs and removing small branches from rails and tour stops. Rangers will present a short talk of the battle of Parker’s Crossroads. Water and snacks will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

Shy’s Hill Battlefield/Redoubt #1 – Battle of Nashville, Nashville, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: John Allyn at john.allyn@comcast.net
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, landscaping and trash removal. A battlefield tour will be available, and water will be provided for volunteers.

Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, 8:30 a.m.
Contact: James Lewis at jim_b_lewis@nps.gov
Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trash removal and litter pick-up. A walking tour of Fortress Rosecrans will be offered after lunch. A meal will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, April 13, 2019)

Britton Lane Battlefield, Denmark, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Jim Weaver at jnweaver@bellsouth.net
Volunteers will help with clearing bush, trail maintenance, trash removal and removing small branches in Methodist Cemetery. Water and snacks will be provided for volunteers. A cannon firing at memorial service will occur on Sunday morning. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, May 25, 2019)

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.

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 50,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at www.battlefields.org.