Battlefields Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

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Ten years ago, a local foundation began saving Civil War battle grounds in the valley.

Today, The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation celebrates a decade of preservation efforts and 5,000 acres of rescued history.

Guests gathered at The New Market State Historical Park to show support. Pictures, maps and blankets were part of a silent auction to raise money for future efforts.

The foundation's district encompasses eight counties and four cities including Harrisonburg, Staunton, Winchester and Waynesboro.

Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, says this effort is important to the entire Shenandoah Valley Region.

"It's preserving the cultural assets that we have that support education, natural resource values, provide tourism opportunities and jobs here in this wonderful region," says Kilpatrick.

Officials say there are still 14,000 acres of unpreserved battle grounds in the Valley. Over the next ten years, the organization hopes to preserve at least another 8,000 acres, creating even more opportunities to learn about the region's local history.