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Park Day @ Battle of Williamsburg Park Day cleanup hosted by the Williamsburg Battlefield Association

Upcoming Event
Saturday, April 6, 2024 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

P.O. Box 1825
Williamsburg, VA 23187

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Meeting place
Our volunteers will muster at 9 AM at the Griffin-Yeates Center 1490 Government Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185. There is plenty of of parking available. Sign in will be conducted by scanning a QR code. If volunteers are not able to scan the code, a paper sign in sheet will be available. The WBA will provide coffee, water and breakfast style snacks for all participants.
Planned Activities
Following the muster and sign in, the Park Day coordinator will describe the property clean up activities and will provide a safety lecture. Most of the volunteers will be asked to work across the street on the Smith Tract. A small group of volunteers (6) will be asked to proceed to a nearby second battlefield property site at 7155 and 7235 Pocohontas Trail. This small group will be led by a WBA member.
Volunteers will be asked to pick up litter along roadways and the interior of the properties. Light landscaping will also be performed to remove organic growth of trees and shrubs along roadways. On the Pocohontas Trail site, volunteers will remove tree limbs that have fallen over the winter. This will help with the safe grass cutting of this battlefield property that will commence in May 2024.
History or Educational Activities
After the safety brief, a historical talk will be offered to volunteers on actions that occurred on the Smith Tract during the battle on May 5, 1862. Last year the historical talk included the story of Major Wainwright setting up his artillery batteries near the Smith Tract. This year's topic has not been selected but it will be very informative. Battlefield maps will be set up and the lecturer will answer any questions on the Battle of Williamsburg.
Should I bring any tools or supplies?
Volunteers should be dressed for the weather. Work gloves are always advised and sturdy footwear such as boots are also recommended. Volunteers may bring landscaping tools to trim branches or saplings up to an inch in diameter and shrub trimmers.
A small chain saw may be needed on the Pocohontas Trail site to cut up small trees that have fallen over the winter. The operator will need to provide evidence of chain saw safety training.
Is there a rain date?
In the instance of inclement weather, Park Day will be moved to Saturday, April 13, 9AM to Noon.
Please note
The WBA will provide large trash bags to collect debris and litter.

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