Burnsville Lake, Bulltown Historic Area participated in the National Park
Day Clean Up for the second year in a row!
On the weekend of May 10th -12th local Boy Scout Troop 135 of Gassaway could be found camping at the Bulltown Historic Area and Battlefield.
Ranger Lisa Hess with the Burnsville Lake US Army Corps of Engineers, coordinated the 2nd Annual National Park Day Clean Up at the Bulltown
Historic Area, sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust. The scouts were invited to come and participate in the National Park Day event on May 11th and camp on the battlefield for the weekend. Although the troop is known for their camping and other outdoor activities, they are also involved with service work to their community and fellow man. The camping trip wasn't the main focus for the troop though. On Saturday morning the scouts embarked on their passion of service and rolled up their sleeves to tackle a trail restoration project at the Bulltown Historic Site. The 44 year old timber steps had held up as long as they could.
Between Mother Nature and regular foot traffic, the historic trail from the Weston-Gauley Bridge Turnpike Trial to the salt mine and the Delaware Indian settlement was in need of replacement. Ranger Ben Coulter worked with the scouts to plan and coordinate the replacement of fortynine timber steps plus a landing during a long day. These scouts ranged from 12 to 14 years old and this in some cases was the hardest the scouts had ever worked. The scouts were assisted by their adult leaders, as well as Dave Melancon a volunteer who is an active historian and FEMA employee, and Bulltown Historic Area Volunteer Scottie Cogar.
After the project the scouts enjoyed a walking history tour of the battlefield and historic buildings. The scouts were educated by the many uses the Cunningham Farm has been through since the Battle of Bulltown in 1863. There had been a lot of history take place on these hallowed
grounds over the past 155 years and before. Jon Dudley the Scout Leader said, “It's quite impressive that the Corps of Engineers took care to
disassemble several log cabins from the present Burnsville Lake bottom and erected them on the Cunningham Farm next to the historic Weston-
Gauley Bridge Turnpike". According to the Dudley, “This community service project not only helped to preserve the national historic site, but also helped the scouts earn a special award. The Historic Trails Award is an award of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) designed to promote the ideals of Scouting and in
Scoutcraft, citizenship, self-reliance, and appreciation of national history. It is awarded for studying about, hiking or camping along, or performing a service project on a historic trail".
Park Day connects history buffs, community leaders and preservationists to aid the maintenance and restoration of numerous sites as part of Park Day, the American Battlefield Trust's annual hands-on preservation event. Thousands of volunteers across the country will participated in the Park Day celebration this was the 23rd year with events and has been held in 32 states. The American Battlefield Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America's hallowed battlegrounds. It saves the battlefields of the Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and educates the public about their importance in forging the nation we are today. To date, the Trust has preserved over 50,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states.