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As part of the commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership asked its Leadership Council, which consists of the mayors and chairs of Boards of Supervisors in the JTHG, how best to acknowledge the sacrifice of the soldiers of that war. The answer was a simple, yet eloquent, response: create a living museum. Thus the idea was born to plant one tree in honor of every soldier killed during the American Civil War. The Living Legacy Memorial Tree Project will plant 620,000 trees along the JTHG National Scenic Byway.


The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Memorial Tree Program, which has been endorsed by local jurisdictions along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway and throughout the National Heritage Area, is a unique approach to recognizing the fallen of the Civil War as individuals who cumulatively represented, and so involved, virtually every part of our new nation in the bloody conflict.  It demonstrates both the massive scale of the war and represents recovery, growth and the ultimate reconnection of north and south. The memorial elegantly embodies one of the recurring themes identified in the Journey – Land of Conflict and Reunification.

Like it did 150-years ago, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway links the largest collection of Civil War battlefield sites in the nation, including the beginning (Harpers Ferry and Manassas), the middle (Antietam and Gettysburg) and the end, (Appomattox) of the Civil War while also connecting 30 historic communities, each of which were gravely impacted by the Civil War. 

In 2010, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership received federal funding, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, to produce a Master Landscape Concept Plan for the Living Legacy Memorial Tree Project. The planning for such an effort is significant and requires an expert’s eye for palette, composition, and natural light. Once the master planning is completed it will support planting during the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War from 2011 through 2015. 

Completion Date : Master Landscape Concept Plan, Fall 2012
Completion Date : Tree Planting, 2015
Completion Date : Pilot Project Planting, 2012

For more information related to the ongoing development of the Living Legacy Master Plan, click here.

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