How About Some Elbow Grease To Preserve History?

Volunteers throughout Alabama are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of five Yellowhammer State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event.

Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, when Alabama 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.

Locally, there are 3 sites where you can lend a hand.

Fort Gaines Historic Site, Dauphin Island, 9:00 a.m. April 6th

Contact: Melinda Oalmann at

Volunteers will help with clearing brush and planting. Blacksmithing demonstrations will take place throughout the day. A meal will be provided for volunteers.

Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores, 10:00 a.m. April 6th

Contact: Dylan Tucker at

Volunteers will help with clearing brush, painting, trail maintenance, trash removal, and tidying of the site. Volunteers can learn about the fort’s role through 1812 – 1945. Only water will be provided.

Historic Blakeley State Park, Spanish Fort, 8:00 a.m. ***MARCH 30th, due to reenactment on April 6th****

Contact: Mike Bunn at

Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trail maintenance, trash removal, and tidying outdoor areas. Water will be provided. (Note: This Park Day site is holding its event on Saturday, March 30, 2019)

For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, Volunteers can share their Park Day participation online using #ParkDay2019.

Fort Morgan
Fort Gaines
Blakeley State Park


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