New Preservation Opportunity at Brandy Station
Save 33 Acres at the Brandy Station Battlefield - The "Bookends" of Fleetwood Hill!
From Our President
Dear Fellow Dedicated Preservationist,
As I reflect on a remarkable 2014 for battlefield preservation, and look forward to an exciting 2015, I want to thank you for your generosity in making 2014 a record-breaking year for the Civil War Trust. One of our proudest achievements was saving 56 acres at Brandy Station, preventing the possible construction of up to seven "McMansions" on that hallowed ground.
And thanks to you, your children and grandchildren will now be able to visit the Brandy Station battlefield, walk our new interpretive trail, and truly have a sense of what happened there. And today, it is my duty, honor and privilege to tell you about the Civil War Trust's first major preservation campaign of 2015: to forever save an additional 33 acres at historic Fleetwood Hill - making our preservation of this part of the battlefield nearly complete!
The total cost of these 33 historic acres is $555,000. That's a big number, but it wouldn't be a "Civil War Trust Deal" without some matching funds to multiply the power of your gift, would it? First, we expect to receive a federal matching grant of $268,000, which would still leave us $287,000 to raise. But it gets even better: the Josephine Fox Foundation has agreed to make a grant of $15,000 towards the preservation of these two tracts - the "bookends" of Fleetwood Hill - not only to save the history that happened there, but also to protect the open space and wildlife habitat in the area. In total, by saving these two parcels, the Trust and other local organizations will have saved more than 1,900 acres of this battlefield!
- Jim Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
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