Culpeper State Park Plan Hinges on Budget Negotiations

Article published by the Culpeper Star Exponent on February 14, 2019
Written by Clint Schemmer

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If pro-tourism and pro-history people pick up the phone now and call Richmond, it sure couldn’t hurt.

That’s one takeaway from interviews with backers of the Culpeper County battlefields state park, whose fate rests with lawmakers meeting in the capital.

State Sens. Emmett Hanger and Sen. Bryce Reeves, Republicans representing Culpeper, have secured the Virginia Senate’s support for budget language directing the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to study creating a park at the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields and report back this fall.

Now the question is how that idea will fare when powerful House and Senate conferees go behind closed doors, soon, to hammer out the state budget. The Virginia General Assembly’s winter session is set to adjourn by the end of next week.

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