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Stafford Civil War Park Gets Money

Stafford County supervisors voted unanimously to appropriate $150,000 to the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites this afternoon. The money will go toward opening a public Civil War park adjacent to the R-Board landfill. The money will be repaid to the county by the Civil War Preservation Trust once a conservation easement is placed on the property.

County Administrator Anthony Romanello called the money “the final piece of the puzzle” for the park.

The funds will pay for required erosion control measures as access roads are cut into the property. With the money in place, the FSCWS will be able to leverage nearly $1 million in donated time and materials to build the park. The National Guard has offered to build the roads over the next two summers as part of their training. They will begin construction July 11.

Romanello confirmed that Stafford is guaranteed to be reimbursed by the Civil War Preservation Trust.

Supervisor Paul Milde said that the FSCWS had done “outstanding” work to get to this point so quickly.

“I could not be happier,” he said.

Check out the official county press release.