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Volunteers needed

Appomattox Court House NHP is calling for volunteers to assist with vegetation cleanup for future archaeological research of an old home site in the park. According to a press release, those interested should meet with park staff on Monday at 9 a.m. at Grant’s Headquarters pull-off along Route 24.

“This project will support research and interpretation of the cultural landscape in the park that highlights little known stories such as that of Hannah Reynolds,” officials said in the release. “Hannah was enslaved when she was injured during the Battle of Appomattox Court House on April 9 and died three days later of her wounds as a free woman.”

The release cited the project supports research efforts to learn more about her life and home near the village of Appomattox Court House.

“Volunteers will use small hand tools including loppers, rakes, handsaws and weed-eaters to remove vegetation debris and fallen trees from an archaeological survey area,” officials said in the release. “The park will provide personal protective gear including gloves, hard hats and eye protection.”

Water will also be available. The release cited participants should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and comfortable shoes to work in uneven terrain.