The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is The Journey Through Hallowed Ground?
The Journey is a four-state, 180-mile long and 75-mile wide region located in the Mid-Atlantic region, running from Gettysburg, PA, south through portions of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, ending at Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello, just outside Charlottesville VA.  The region forms a crescent around our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC. 

Congress named the Journey Through Hallowed Ground a National Heritage Area in 2008 – the nation’s 38th -- and the Secretary of Transportation designated the main thoroughfare running through it a National Scenic Byway in 2009  – the nation’s 99th.

The National Scenic Byway encompasses what was once known as the Old Carolina Road, which now includes Routes US 15, VA231, VA20 and VA53.

When did The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Initiative Begin?
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership was created and incorporated in 2005.

With a strategic plan, a dedicated professional team and a Board of Trustees representing its Partners, this broad-based coalition of public and private organizations, dedicated their collective efforts to conserving and supporting the irreplaceable historic and cultural resources contained within the swath of land from Gettysburg to Monticello.

What are the Goals and Objectives of the JTHG Partnership?
Our goal is to raise local, national and international awareness of the historic and cultural significance of this remarkable region; to encourage stewardship of this unparalleled region with robust educational programs for students and visitors of all ages; and to create sustainable economic programs to support each partner within this region.

Our organization is unique because we strive to represent all stakeholders.  Through hundreds of meetings with the public throughout the region, we have worked to create a common vision for the conservation and enhancement of the scenic, historic, recreational and natural characteristics within the JTHG National Heritage Area.

Who is Involved?
Partners and supporters of the JTHG Partnership share the common interest to celebrate, economically support, and preserve the cultural and heritage assets intrinsic to this region and that are dear to all Americans. 

More than 350 organizations have opted-in and are actively engaged partnering organizations.  They include every elected town council, county board, and the governors of all four states.  The JTHG Partnership also includes farmers, landowners, and citizens as well as business groups, Main Street communities, historic societies and heritage sites, plus education professionals from each of the 15 counties and, each of the 13 National Parks found in the JTHG National Heritage Area. Resolutions of Support»

Who Benefits from this Effort?
In the long-term, every citizen in America will benefit, because the JTHG Partnership is working to preserve our shared cultural heritage and raise awareness through educational initiatives for future generations to experience.

In the short term, an effort that promotes education and economic development through heritage tourism benefits students of all ages, local businesses, heritage sites, farmers and citizens throughout the National Heritage Area.

Annually, tourism accounts for $3 billion in revenue and 54,364 jobs in the 15 counties and four states that make up the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

What are the “Must Sees” Along The Journey?
Every mile holds a portion of our American story. Visit our explore page to search the Journey by region or interest or purchase The Journey Through Hallowed Ground—The Official Guide to Where America Happened to “create your own Journey” and plan an itinerary based on interest.

Who Pays for this Effort?
Individual donations make up the vast majority of our funding and are combined with grants and corporate donations.

Strategic Partners Include:
The JTHG Partnership is comprised of a strong coalition of businesses organizations, heritage sites, government organizations, and non-profits. In addition to those heritage sites, parks and attractions listed above, additional strategic partners include:

The National Park Service
The Civil War Preservation Trust
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources
The Maryland Historical Trust

Historic Assets:

Nine U.S. Presidential Homes:
 Ash Lawn-Highland and Oak Hill (Monroe)
Kennedy’s Country Home
Camp Hoover
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Montebello (Zachary Taylor)
Monticello (Jefferson)
Montpelier (Madison)
Pine Knot (Roosevelt)
Camp David 
Largest Collection of Civil War Sites in the Country:
Appomattox Court House
Ball’s Bluff
Brandy Station
Bristoe Station
Cedar Mountain
Harpers Ferry
Kelly’s Ford
Rappahannock Station
Spotsylvania Court House
Thoroughfare Gap
In addition to…
30 historic Main Street communities 

13 National Park units

73 National Historic Districts 

Hundreds of African American and Native American history

Sites from the French and Indian War
Sites from he Revolutionary War and
Sites from the War of 1812

Numerous scenic roads, rivers and landscapes… 

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