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Save Yorktown

50 Acres, Two Wars

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*Update: Our fundraising goal has been reached

The Threat: An unprotected 50-acre parcel of land on the Yorktown battlefield and surrounded by the Colonial National Historical Park, has been zoned and platted for a subdivision of 100 houses. This enormous subdivision would be named “Battlefield Bluffs” for its historical significance, but its construction would completely destroy the integrity of this sector of the battlefield.

Archaeological fieldwork has only been conducted on a very small portion of the parcel to date. This land was the site of significant sieges during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, so important stories from either or both events may still lie hidden beneath the currently undisturbed soil.

Experts tell us that based on what is known of other sites in the area, it is highly likely that the archaeological integrity of this site is intact. But if the bulldozers and road graders roll over these tracts, those artifacts, and the stories they tell, could be lost forever.

The Opportunity: The total cost to preserve this land is $5,645,000, but we need to raise only $74,000 to complete the acquisition. How is this possible? Through a combination of extraordinary state, local, and federal matching grants, we have $5,571,000 – fully 98.7 percent – either applied for or already lined up! This means that if you and I can raise just 1.3 percent of the transaction’s total value, we will prevent the loss and destruction of this crucial land at Yorktown.

Experiencing a place like the battlefield of Yorktown has the power not only to educate about the sacrifices that secured our freedoms, but also to inspire us all to be better citizens and better people.

I honestly cannot recall an opportunity like this, first, to save a piece of ground associated with our nation’s two most important wars, and second, to save crucial land while stretching the value of your donation dollar by $76-to-$1. Trust me, this just does not happen very often.
Jim Lighthizer, American Battlefield Trust president
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