Volunteers throughout North Carolina are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 11 Tar Heel State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day , an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.

Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 , when North Carolina volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states. Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the unique role of the site in our national story. Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. North Carolina volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed below.

Area opportunities:

Historic Carson House, Marion, 10:00 a.m. Contact: Martha Jordan at historiccarsonhouse@gmail.com Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, installing markers/interpretive signs, landscaping, painting, planting, trash removal, cleaning inside Carson House, dusting and cleaning artifacts and cleaning and organizing storage areas. Living history demonstrations will be conducted on site by local historical groups, and musicians will be on site to perform Civil War period music. Water and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

Smith-McDowell House, Asheville, 10:00 a.m. Contact: Elaine Blake at elaine@wnchistory.org Volunteers will help with landscaping, trash removal, weeding, mulching, raking and indoor cleaning. A meal will be provided.

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