Civil War Park Day needs volunteers in the Cape Fear

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Fort Fisher visitor center (Photo: WWAY)

FORT FISHER/SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) —  Civil War Park Day is Saturday, April 1st, and volunteers are needed to make it a success.  Organizers at four historic sites, including Fort Fisher and NC Maritime Museum in Southport are asking for people to help clean and polish up the landmarks as the tourist season gets underway.

History enthusiasts, Boy or Girl Scout troops, youth groups or others interested in community service are urged to volunteer.   Civil War Park Day is designed to preserve our nation’s heritage and keep Civil War parks pristine.

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Here is the contact information for anyone who would like to take part in the program.

Fort Fisher, Kure Beach. Projects include debris removal, leaf raking and light painting and scraping. Basic tools will be provided and volunteers will receive a Park Day t-shirt. Lunch will be provided by the support group, Friends of Fort Fisher. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are asked to register in advance. For information or to volunteer, please contact (910) 458-5538 or john.moseley@ncdcr.gov.

N.C. Maritime Museum, Southport. Projects include grounds cleanup, planting flowers around the entry, and planting vegetables and herbs in the interpretive garden. Work on other service projects and painting also are needed. Volunteers will receive a Park Day t-shirt and a hot dog lunch is planned. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please contact (910) 457-0003 or lori.sanderlin@ncdcr.gov.

Bennett Place, Durham.  Projects include trail maintenance, clearing the Bennett family cemetery and fixing the fence around the historic kitchen garden. Adults and youth are welcome. Civil War Park Day t-shirts, light snacks and drinks will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For information or to volunteer, please call (919) 383-4345 or email bennett@ncdcr.gov.

Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks.  Projects include clearing a new trail and installing interpretive signs. Please bring small hand or garden tools; no power tools. Limited size t-shirts are available. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Please contact (910) 594-0789 or Amanda.brantley@ncdcr.gov for information or to volunteer.

Volunteers should be at least 10 years old. All ability levels are encouraged to participate. The state historic sites and the N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport are within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.