Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park Will Expand

February 3, 2012, 6:53 am

By Virginia Business

Federal funds totaling $4 million will be used to expand Richmond National Battlefield Park by 385 acres.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans for the park expansion at a town hall meeting in Richmond examining the importance of the area’s history in attracting tourists. Virginia is marketing itself as a destination during the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

“Tourism is one of the top economic drivers in Virginia and in communities throughout the country,” Salazar said in a statement. “These acquisitions, funded by fees from offshore oil and gas development, will enable us to preserve two key battlefields of the Civil War and help draw more visitors and jobs to the area. This is a win-win situation for everyone.”

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