Saving History Saturday: Nearly 40 Acres to be Saved at Deep Bottom Battlefield

2020 is off to a great start for battlefield preservation efforts!

Virginia’s Capital Region Land Conservancy announced plans to save more land at the First and Second Deep Bottom battlefield sites. Nearly 40 acres is to be acquired by the Conservancy and sits adjacent to much of the land previously saved by the American Battlefield Trust. The hope is that the deal, which costs $156,000, closes by the end of January.

Part of the 39-acre tract at Deep Bottom. Courtesy of the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

Fortunately, the land is heavily wooded and resembles much of what it looked like in 1864, even though there are no plans for interpretive panels or trails yet. The land is located within the core battlefield area. This property is also environmentally significant for maintaining runoff for nearby waterways.

Once purchased, this is a major preservation victory for Deep Bottom, and will “add to a contiguous area of approximately 6,425 acres that include the Richmond National Battlefield Park, Malvern Hill Farm, and private property under perpetual easement owned by American Battlefield Trust.”

Formed in 2005, the Capital Region Land Conservancy’s mission is “to conserve and protect the natural and historic land and water resources of Virginia’s Capital Region for the benefit of current and future generations.” According to their website, they serve Richmond and Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent, and Charles City counties.

For more information, please read the Conservancy’s latest newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/84953b99ba20/crlcfeb2019enewsletter-918389?fbclid=IwAR2KrBxzmEj5ht7815JtY0I1sdS75glUENnbpw0LIG3aX3lJ3j-kcsIOPiI

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