Volunteers help cleanup, repair historic buildings

Fort A.P. Hill Environmental and Natural Resources Division conducted a clean-up and repair project at three storage buildings in the Travis Lake Historic District. According to John Mullin, manager, Cultural Resource, these buildings are listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and are eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings are centered on an 18th/19th century impounded lake that were initially constructed to support a mill. Travis Lake briefly supported winter encampments during the Civil War, and in the 1930s it became the focus of a recreational lodge that was constructed only a few years prior to the installation’s establishment.

John Mullin instructs a team of volunteers on the proper way to saw a board.

John Mullin instructs a team of volunteers on the proper way to saw a board. Photo by David San Miguel

Today, Travis Lake serves as a recreational area and wildlife refuge, with lodging available in the historic buildings and several modern cabins. The team of volunteers were comprised of Boy Scouts, installation staff and their families.

Following the cleanup, the team was briefed on the role of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act on federal lands and given a tour of the Historic District and nearby Liberty Church.

Several installation employees volunteered to assist with the cleanup and repair.

Several installation employees volunteered to assist with the cleanup and repair. Photo by David San Miguel.

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