April 5, 2013

Volunteers sought Saturday to help clean at Prater’s Mill

Submitted by Whitfield County government

— Would you like to help preserve history in your own hometown?

Then Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon is your chance at Prater’s Mill in Whitfield County.

Volunteers are being asked to participate in the annual Park Day, a nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War Trust, underwritten with a grant from History and endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Needs at Historic Prater’s Mill range from cutting privet hedge, to raking, to painting. Bring work gloves, yard tools and pruners. Free refreshments from Bi-Lo and McDonald’s will be provided for volunteers.

Now in its 17th year, the annual hands-on preservation event comprises more than 100 sites in 24 states, including the Dalton Confederate Cemetery. Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from trash removal to trail building, while learning more about each site from local experts. In exchange for their effort, volunteers receive T-shirts or patches. Individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome, and many activities are appropriate for groups, like scout troops or corporate outings.

For more information about Park Day at Historic Prater’s Mill, contact Judy Alderman at (706) 694 6455 or by email at judy@PratersMill.org.

The mill is located at 5845 Ga. Highway 2, Dalton.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.