More than Ten Years of Preservation Accomplishments April 20, 2015

For more than ten years, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has gathered together a variety of partners and resources to protect the region’s remarkable Civil War landscape and historic sites.

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Together, the Battlefields Foundation and its public and private partners have:

  • Protected more than 3,000 battlefield acres since 2000, bringing the grand total to nearly 6,000 acres—one-fifth of the core battlefield acreage in the Valley. Much of this preserved land remains in farming use, as it was during the Civil War, contributing to the local agricultural economy.
  • Worked with landowners and local governments to develop preservation plans for four of the Valley’s battlefields: Cross Keys / Port Republic and Fisher’s Hill / Tom’s Brook. Both plans have been adopted as land use policy by their local governments.
  • Protected significant properties in just the last two years at Third Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Cross Keys, and Cedar Creek. Most of these properties will become part of their communities’ recreational infrastructure. The National Historic District’s federal funds for these projects leveraged more than $3 million in state, local, and private funding from partners such as the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Civil War Trust, local governments, and private donors.
  • Improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by protecting land adjacent to waterways and streams.
  • Preserved more than 500 acres within Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park’s 3,700-acre boundary. As the largest public trust landowner in the park, the Foundation will work with the National Park Service and park partners to coordinate interpretation of this land for current and future generations.