June 20, 2012 - Fauquier County
New Baltimore Service District Citizen Planning Committee Brookside Community Center June 20, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meeting Summary 1. Attendance: Committee: Ike Broaddus, Ron Fahey, Frank Fuerst, Adrienne Garreau, Erich Meding, Ed Moore, Bill Swick, Holder Trumbo, Barbara Severin, Dave Mailler, Pete Eltringham, Diana Norris, Guests: David Blake COMDEV Staff: Kimberley Fogle and Susan Eddy Guest Speaker: Kristen McMasters, NPS American Battlefield Protection Program VDOT: Dan Painter Other Attendees: Diana Norris, PEC and David Blake 2. Introductions: Kristen McMasters (Department of the Interior, National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program) Kimberley Fogle introduced Kristen McMasters from the American Battlefield Protection Program. Ms. McMasters recited the ABPP mission, “To assist citizens, institutions, and governments in planning, interpreting, and protecting sites where historic battles were fought on American soil in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from the ground where Americans made their ultimate sacrifice.” Ms. McMasters provided an overview of the American Battlefield Program. She explained that purchasing land or easements is a better approach than eminent domain and defined battlefields as engagements where fire was given or received (by government). Fauquier County has 10 principal battlefields out of the 384 sites, making it the highest concentration in the U.S. 3. Buckland Mills Civil War Battlefield – Current Status Ms. McMasters identified Buckland Mills as a Priority II for the nation along with Rappahannock Landing. There are no Priority I battlefields in Fauquier or Prince William; however she noted the top 50 are endangered. She described on the Buckland map that the core had the heaviest fighting, yet it was not necessarily the most significant. The yellow area has high integrity and is NR eligible. Dan Painter questioned the integrity of Route 29 and Ms. McMasters replied it was a matter of degree and much is still has its original character and features. David Blake felt this effort is an example of working together as a community. Ms. McMasters agreed this was community led and not led from the National Park Service.