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National Park Service Awards $1.7 Million in Grants to Protect Four Civil War Battlefields

Cannons on Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Cecelia Mason
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Four of America’s Civil War battlefields will receive grants to help preserve their land.

National Park Service Director, Jonathan Jarvis, announced that almost two million dollars in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will be distributed to four of America’s Civil War battlefields. The grants will be used to help preserve the land threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development.

Harpers Ferry is one of the four battlefields chosen to receive grant money. The others include Thompson’s Station in Tennessee, and Ream’s Station and White Oak Road both in Virginia.

Grant Awards:

  • Harpers Ferry: $1,329,802.00
  • Thompson’s Station, Tennessee: $202,472.21
  • Ream’s Station, Virginia: $$24,931.00
  • White Oak Road, Virginia: $154,391.50

Total Award: $1,711,596.71
Harpers Ferry Historic Battlefield in Jefferson County will receive the bulk of the grant at 1.3 million dollars. The Harpers Ferry battlefield covers about 13 acres, and the easement will be held by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Webmaster/Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief/Part-time Education Reporter/Producer, emccormick@wvpublic.org, 304-876-9313, @LizMcCormickWV

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