Winchester Battlefield is preserved
The West Woods takes you to the third Winchester Battlefield of the Civil War. Today, on the 159th anniversary of the battle there is a celebration because funds have been raised to preserve the historic site. The project has taken 10 years but now it is complete. There were many contributors to the project including a $100,000 contribution from American Battlefield Trustbattlegrounds whose mission is to preserve hallowed battlegrounds.
In 1996 Congress designated eight counties as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, with a mission to preserve and interpret the region's Civil War battlefields and related historic sites. The effort is led by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Third Winchester is one of more than 20 battlefields that are part of the Foundation's work.
Preservation of history has prevailed
United Bank structured the payments to match the irregularity of grant funding and the staff at the American Battlefield Protection Program, along with employees of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Virginia Land Conservation Foundation went out of their way to bring state and federal funds to the project.
Working together they were successful and met the goal of preserving the Winchester Battlefield in the West Woods. Civil War Battlefields in Virginia are known for paranormal activity but the West Woods is not on the list of haunted sites in Winchester.