Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Teachers weigh in on Wal-Mart in Orange

July 27, 2009, 7:58 am

In the classroom, at least, nobody wants to make the teacher mad.

But dozens of America's educators are angry as hornets about Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s plan to build a Supercenter near a national park at the Wilderness in Virginia.

This weekend, teachers visiting the Fredericksburg area from across the nation hurled a respectful salvo at the retail giant, spontaneously penning a letter to Orange County.

Orange officials are expected to decide tonight or tomorrow whether to allow a 220,000-square-foot retail center to be built near the entrance to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Writing Lee Frame, chairman of the Orange Board of Supervisors, the teachers asked the county's leaders to "respect this hallowed battleground of American history and select another site in Orange County for this commercial development."

Calling Civil War battlefields "irreplaceable resources for those who seek to impart the significance of the American Civil War," they said of the Wilderness, "Unfortunately, this historic landscape is under siege."