Yesterday I had the opportunity to be part of something special. As many know, the fight to preserve Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station has been long and arduous. With the help of so many people, the hill was saved by the Civil War Trust this past year. Now, with two modern houses removed, the view of Fleetwood is similar to what it was during the Civil War. And more importantly, soon a new interpretive trail will open.
At 9 a.m., I met friend and Executive Director of Civil War Trails Drew Gruber, Civil War Trust Land Stewardship Manager Matt George, and the sign installation staff (headed by Jason, who has installed nearly 5,000 Civil War Trails signs!) on Fleetwood Hill. Our task: install 8 interpretive markers that were written by Brandy Station historian and preservationist Clark “Bud” Hall.
It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for digging holes. The views from Fleetwood are excellent, and one can easily understand the importance of this hill during the war. Before the day was over, CWT Director of History and Education Gary Adelman, along with Clark “Bud” Hall, arrived to share in the special moment.
After a few hours and a few blisters, all eight signs were installed, and soon the trail will be open to the public. It was a great way to spend a day off from work, and I was honored to be part of this special project.
The Civil War Trust will hold a dedication ceremony on October 26 at 10:00 a.m. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I highly encourage you to make a trip to Fleetwood Hill this fall, and take in the history and the views.