CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — The budget recently approved by the Virginia General Assembly allocates funds to create a new state park in Culpeper County that would include two Civil War battlefields.
The spending plan sent to Governor Glenn Youngkin earlier this week would create a 1,700-acre park focusing on Culpeper County’s Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain battlefields, which have been preserved by the American Battlefield Trust, the Star-Exponent reported..
Proponents say Culpeper’s location between Manassas Battlefield State Park and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will boost visits. Many sites that Culpeper Battlefields State Park will include are already open to the public, under the direction of the Battlefield Trust or other organizations.
“As impressive as these preserved lands are, we realized that Virginia’s state park system was necessary to make the battlefields a true heritage tourism destination and an economic engine for the community,” Jim Campi, the director of Battlefield Trust policy and communications, the newspaper told.
The budget awaits action from Youngkin, who has indicated support for the park, according to the newspaper.
According to the budget language, the park would be created by July 1, 2024.