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Orange Co. Walmart Land Considered Endangered Civil War Site

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email
Photo by Mac Wyckoff, courtesy National Park Service

Photo by Mac Wyckoff, courtesy National Park Service

May 13, 2010

The Civil War Preservation Trust's 2010 edition of the nation's most-endangered historic battlefields includes the Wilderness Battlefield in Virginia. It is among the top 10 most-threatened Civil War battlefields contained in the trust's annual report, released Thursday in Washington, D.C.

In 1864, the Wilderness Battlefield was the location of one of the most deadly and important battle in Civil War history. However, nearly 150 years later, the historic site is the scene of a different kind of confrontation.

The site plans for the 240,000 square-foot Walmart Supercenter on the land adjacent to Route 3 in Orange County have been submitted. An access road off Germanna Highway and an enormous parking lot in front of the building closest to the battlefield are included in the blue print.

The Orange County attorney says the land is not protected by the historic registry, but tourists and preservationists believe otherwise.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the Walmart, but the court system is giving a lawsuit against the Supercenter a fighting chance. Lawsuits argue that the county could have done more to investigate the negative impact the proposed Walmart could have.

As the lawsuit over the proposed Walmart heads to trial, the Orange County attorney says Wal-Mart has not made any changes to the original site plans.


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