The Civil War Preservation Trust holds an annual, nationwide, volunteer clean up of Civil War sites. It is designed to have many people all working together to get our nation's Civil War sites ready for the upcoming tourist season. Historic Fort Wayne is proud that we are Michigan's only participating site. Volunteers came out on Saturday, April 5, 2014 and helped continue the work to get the Fort ready for our spring guests.

In addition to these photos, we are happy to provide a link to a blog written by one of the volunteers about her time at the Park Day cleanup. Thanks for coming and also for writing about your experiences! There are more good pictures over there!


A group of volunteers work at Historic Fort Wayne during Park Day.

A group of volunteers clear brush from an upper moat.

Photo by James Lalone

Fun times at Historic Fort Wayne

Volunteer Rob Giorlando shares the fun during the work day.

Photo by James Lalone

several people work to clear brush

Working on those slopes takes time. Many hands make light work.

Photo by James Lalone

Adam uses the chainsaw

Larger brush needing removal was handled with a chainsaw by skilled HFWC volunteers. Here, Adam Barrett clears overgrowth outside the star fort.

Photo by James Lalone

Shawn Fitchpatrick weed whips

When the big stokes are finished, the final touches can be put on. Shawn Fitchpatrick edges along an upper berm to get a good start on grass growth.

Photo courtesy James Lalone

Clear berm

Of course it's always good to look back and see the hard work will make a better view and historic experience for guests this year!

Photo by James Lalone