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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News article: Thousands of black troops entered war zone via Culpeper

Excerpt from January 9, 2019 Culpeper Star Exponent article about the Graffiti House Museum exhibit “Culpeper’s Forgotten Heroes: Black Union Soldiers of Culpeper County, Virginia” :

As winter approaches spring in the Culpeper area, historically minded people’s thoughts may turn to the events of 155 years ago. When the mud dried and the roads grew passable, the Union and Confederate armies prepared to march through Central Virginia. Continue reading “News article: Thousands of black troops entered war zone via Culpeper”

With large solar projects on horizon, what is the value of historic views?

Published August 21, 2018 by the Culpeper Star Exponent. Read article on starexponent.com or below.

Written by Allison Brophy Champion

A recent study by the Washington, D.C.-based American Battlefield Trust provided its analysis of the impact large solar farms would have on some of this area’s most hallowed ground.

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Anniversary of Battle of Cedar Mountain to be commemorated

Article published August 2, 2018 in The Culpeper Times

Written by Ashleigh Christopher

The article may be read below or at insidenova.com

Aug. 9 marks the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, the bloodiest battle to date in Culpeper County. To commemorate it, the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is hosting the annual Living History Weekend event on August 11 and 12. Continue reading “Anniversary of Battle of Cedar Mountain to be commemorated”

Scout takes on rebuilding of Cedar Mountain Battlefield’s Crittenden Gate

Crittenden Gate Cedar Mountain Battlefield

 

BSA troop 225 recently completed a fifth Eagle Scout project on Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Scout Zach Wright (center) coordinated the latest effort, alongside his father Dale (left) and fellow Cedar Mountain-supporting scout Travis Badger (right), in coordination with Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield board member and scout liaison Sam Pruitt. Continue reading “Scout takes on rebuilding of Cedar Mountain Battlefield’s Crittenden Gate”

Tracing an ancestor’s footsteps on Cedar Mountain Battlefield

Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield (FOCMB) welcomes requests for battlefield tours by individuals or groups seeking to learn more about the battle. FOCMB was delighted to respond to a request by Mr. Greg McQuillan, of Colvina, California and his two sons, Brannon and Brendan for a  private tour in April 2018. Continue reading “Tracing an ancestor’s footsteps on Cedar Mountain Battlefield”