Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Peter B. Schwartz, Marshall District Supervisor

February 18, 2010

Staff Lead:


Paul S. McCulla, County Administrator

County Administration


A Resolution Endorsing the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Project Commemorating the Approximately 620,000 American Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives During the Civil War, Many on the Battlefields Within The Journey Through Hallowed Ground  National Heritage Area


Topic Description:

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising national awareness of the unparalleled history in the region, which generally follows the Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15/231) from Gettysburg, through Maryland, to Monticello in Albemarle, VA.   JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND has built a strong network of local, regional, and national partners to develop a common vision for the conservation and enhancement of the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, and natural characteristics of the region. JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND has developed an education outreach program to all students and teachers within the region and nationwide. 

JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND has also created a heritage tourism program that will provide economic development opportunities through regional branding and cooperative marketing in communities throughout the corridor.  The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has designated the 180-mile long thoroughfare running through the Journey, from Gettysburg, PA to Monticello, VA a National Scenic Byway which is one of the highest designations the Secretary can bestow upon a public road and one that could have a profound economic impact on the local jurisdictions along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. 

The JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND Partnership seeks to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a legacy project of National Significance.    During the Civil War, approximately 620,000 American Soldiers died, many on the battlefields within the JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND National Heritage Area which the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership proposes to commemorate through a “Living Legacy” project which will commemorate the individual and combined sacrifices of the fallen.  The JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND Living Legacy project is to plant one tree for each citizen who sacrificed their life to create this union, at a set pace along the 180-mile Rt.15/231 corridor which trees will appear as soldiers in formation, from Monticello to Gettysburg.  The intention of this “eloquent and simple plan” is to create a living legacy, a constant reminder to every citizen as they drive this route, of the sacrifices made by fellow Americans and will stand as a living legacy for our Countrymen who gave “the last full measure” to define our Union. 

This project further lends itself to a national service learning program as students from around the country may research the fallen from their community, learn their stories, and dedicate a tree in their honor.  The JOURNEY THROUGH HALLOWED GROUND Partnership will be working through negotiations and agreements with individual landowners, thereby protecting individual property rights along the corridor during this initiative

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the proposed resolution.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

There are no financial impacts as a result the adoption of this resolution.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership


1.                  Journey Through Hallowed Ground Tree Planting Program Description.

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