$1.3 million in funding allocated to Virginia’s battlefields

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced on Friday that more than $1.3 million in grant funding will be allocated to protect over 200 acres of historic battlefield land throughout the Commonwealth.

Eight projects will receive funding this year through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund.

The battlefields were selected based on rankings from Congress’s Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and with consideration to their proximity to already protected lands, the threat of development, and potential for education, research, recreation or tourism.

Some of the projects include the installation of new signage, development of educational tours, and increasing accessibility.

Preservation of battlefields also protects agricultural properties, water quality, wildlife habitats, and provides recreational spaces in urban areas.

You can visit one of our local battlefields this weekend during the 159th reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown.

For more information on the grants distributed by the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund, click here.

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