Stafford Civil War Sites, Virginia
The non-profit organization Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites (FSCWS) partnered with Stafford County to create a public park that preserves and promotes a number of Civil War army encampments near Stafford, Virginia. These sites have often been referred to as the Valley Forge of the Civil War and housed or protected over 130,000 Union soldiers during the 1862-1863 winter, many of whom went on to fight at important battles such as Gettysburg and Chancellorsville. The FSCWS is working to protect these rare sites from increased development that is beginning to encroach on local heritage areas by creating a visitor-friendly park with interpretive signage and will hopefully be opened during the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War.
The Stafford Civil War Sites in Virginia held its grand opening in April 2013.
The AIA-funded project in Stafford, Virginia reports on the construction work that will make the future Civil War Park a reality.
The Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites will use an AIA Site Preservation Grant to protect important Civil War sites and educate visitors on the history of that area.