AIA Site Preservation Projects

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.

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