Wilderness Wal-Mart Opponents Speak Out

As reported on the Civil War Preservation Trust’s website today, opponents of the Wilderness Wal-Mart are vowing not to concede defeat.  On Monday, August 24, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1  to grant a special use permit to Wal-Mart.  This special use permit would allow Wal-Mart to build a new Supercenter within 1/4 mile of The Wilderness battlefield – all within easy sight lines of one of the most hallowed Civil War battlefields in Virginia.  This was Wal-Mart’s last hurdle to building their new location.

Civil War Preservation Trust president, Jim Lighthizer, was quoted as saying, “The ball is now in Wal-Mart’s court.  Wal-Mart better understands the nationwide anger generated by its proposal to build on the doorstep of a National Park.  It is in the corporation’s best interests to work with the preservation community to find an alternative site.  We are optimistic that company officials will see the wisdom of moving elsewhere.”  Coalition leaders asked if legal action is now likely, declined to comment.

For more information on the most recent news, check out the following two articles.

For the Fredericksburg.com article click HERE.
For the Washington Post article click HERE.

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About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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