Volunteers to gather Saturday at historic Belle Grove for annual Park Day

STRASBURG – Rescheduled due to inclement weather, Park Day returns to Belle Grove Plantation on Saturday.

Kristen Laise, executive director, said a day like Park Day is important to Belle Grove because it allows larger maintenance projects to be accomplished, which would otherwise be imposed on the small staff of Belle Grove.

Founded by the Civil War Trust, Park Day was established in 1996 as a hands-on event to help Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects.

Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own needs. Volunteers will be picking up scrapers and paintbrushes Saturday to get the Belle Grove whitewashed fences looking their best.

“It’s [Park Day] a great opportunity to introduce new folks to our property and help them feel more connected to Belle Grove,” Laise said.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes and bring gloves, paint scraper and large paintbrushes suitable for painting fences.

Work begins at 9 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m.

Water and snacks will be provided. A packed picnic lunch is suggested.

This project is not suitable for children under 8 and a parent, guardian or other responsible adult must accompany all minors.

Volunteers for the 2018 Park Day will be oriented to the site and allowed to take a guided tour of the Manor House or receive passes to return at a later date.

If You Go

Register for Park Day: www.bellegrove.org

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Belle Grove Plantation, Manor House. 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown. Drive into the parking lot, continue up around the barn and park in the lot by the barn.