Sprucing up Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dave Sechrist and his family are staying in Greensboro for a few weeks. While in town, he wanted to visit Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

“We like the beauty and the history. This place is dedicated to a very important battle,” Sechrist said.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Ranger Vance Noles says the park is now fighting another battle. This time it’s weeds, decay and litter.

“Along the roads there’s garbage. We try our best to maintain it. It shouldn’t be there,” Noles said.

So on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Noles would like to see volunteers picking up trash, planting plants and rebuilding fences at the Hoskins Farmstead. Hoskins Farmstead is a part of the Military Park. Federal budget cuts prevented the staff from keeping up the farm. But with a renewed budget and local fundraising, Park Interpreter Philip Browns says it’s time for Hoskins Farmstead to tell its story once again.

“It adds detail to the story of living in America in the 18th century. Everything you ate on the farm was grown on site or grown in someone’s garden close by,” Browns said.

Noles hopes Saturday’s event will remind people that they don’t have to travel far to visit a national park.

“We are just the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone; we are the culture and history of America. We want them to engage with this park too,” Noles said.

Bring your gloves because there’s lots to clean up. Volunteers will meet at 2200 New Garden Road this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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