Plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter within sight of one of the most significant Civil War battle sites in our nation have been submitted for approval in Orange County, Virginia. This 145,000-square foot store is proposed just one-quarter mile from the main entrance to the National Park which honors the sacrifice of the Civil War combatants who fought and died at Wilderness Battlefield in May 1864.
Your help is needed to save Wilderness Battlefield!
As part of a growing coalition, the National Trust for Historic Preservation strongly opposes intensive commercial development at this historic site, located at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 3, because it would degrade the rural setting for the battlefield, promote commercial sprawl, and drastically increase traffic through the heart of the National Park.
In fact, “big-box” traffic congestion here would dramatically increase pressure to widen Route 20 from two to four lanes through the battlefield and National Park a fatal mistake strongly opposed by preservationists. Route 20 is the historic Orange Turnpike, the scene of fierce fighting during the battle. In addition, construction of a Wal-Mart would likely lead to additional retail development along this corridor, including three additional “big-box” stores already in the works.
Wilderness Battlefield is one of our nation’s most significant Civil War battlefields.
More than 2,700 acres of the battlefield are preserved as part of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, a key destination along the newly designated Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. There are many potential sites for Wal-Mart, but only one Wilderness Battlefield.
It is imperative that Wal-Mart abandon its flawed plan for a massive Superstore at the gateway to the historic Wilderness Battlefield.
Take action to save our Civil War heritage:
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-588-6000 / 800-315-6847