The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society The primary goal is to share the history of African Americans in order to describe the role they played and the contributions they made during the Civil War at Fort Ward and in helping to create the Seminary community.
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African Americans were crucial The organization’s programs foster an invaluable human service to the public and Fort Ward visitors. Our programs are intended to provide research assistance to families and help many individuals find new meaning in their personal histories and in their communities. Our presence in the community is intended to prompt our visitors, African Americans as well as those of all ethnic backgrounds, to research their own personal history as it relates to the Fort Ward and the Seminary community. Through genealogical studies, family mementos, and family stories, participants - students, scholars and families - will become inspired by what they learned from the organization and continue to study their ancestral relationship to the America Civil War. For Further Information

To learn more about the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society contact the following members of the Steering Committee, Post Office Box or page. J. Glenn Eugster
"glenn eugster" ;

Lena Rainey
"Lena Rainey" ;

Joyce Sanchez
"raymondsanchez" ;

Fran Terrell
"fterrell56" ;

Gerald. A. Wanzer
"gerald wanzer" ;

Adrienne Washington, President
"awashdiva" ;

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African Americans were crucial The organization’s programs foster an invaluable human service to the public and Fort Ward visitors. Our programs are intended to provide research assistance to families and help many individuals find new meaning in their personal histories and in their communities. Our presence in the community is intended to prompt our visitors, African Americans as well as those of all ethnic backgrounds, to research their own personal history as it relates to the Fort Ward and the Seminary community. Through genealogical studies, family mementos, and family stories, participants - students, scholars and families - will become inspired by what they learned from the organization and continue to study their ancestral relationship to the America Civil War. For Further Information

To learn more about the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society contact the following members of the Steering Committee, Post Office Box or page. J. Glenn Eugster
"glenn eugster" ;

Lena Rainey
"Lena Rainey" ;

Joyce Sanchez
"raymondsanchez" ;

Fran Terrell
"fterrell56" ;

Gerald. A. Wanzer
"gerald wanzer" ;

Adrienne Washington, President
"awashdiva" ;

The Ft. Ward & Seminary African American Descendants Society, Inc., PO Box 16014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society ...
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Operating as usual

Notice:Festivities cancelled for Sunday, June 10 Check back later
06/07/2018

Notice:
Festivities cancelled for
Sunday, June 10

Check back later

06/07/2018

Ft. Ward Commeration Ceremony is temporally postponed. Will notify of new date

Older posting but still relevant
05/14/2018

Older posting but still relevant

Society Urges City to Protect the Craven Home and Warming Hut at Fort Ward Park

The Fort Ward and Seminary African American Descendant Society, Inc. appointee to the Fort Ward Park Management Plan Implementation Committee has urged CIty of Alexandria Department heads and their staff to take actions to protect two fragile areas within Fort Ward Park. The remnants of the Craven home and the park's first greenhouse, known as the "warming hut", have been adversely impacted by park maintenance vehicle traffic. The Craven site is on the backside of the fort. The warming hut is behind the restroom/ park managers building.

Society representative J. Glenn Eugster verbally and in writing requested that these two sites be protected with some sort of emergency stabilization. Each area has the potential to be featured in the upcoming interpretative plan which J. Lance Mallamo of the Office of HIstoric Alexandria is developing.

The advisory committee meets Thursday evening to discuss this and other items of interest to the park.

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Starting 2018 off with a cover photo of the VTS Annual Report: Dedication of St. Cyprian's...
01/05/2018

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Starting 2018 off with a cover photo of the VTS Annual Report: Dedication of St. Cyprian's labrinth on Seminary grounds!

We made the cover of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2017 Annual Report

We made the cover of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2017 Annual Report
01/05/2018

We made the cover of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2017 Annual Report

Photos from today's Virginia Theological Seminary's dedication of the St. Cyprian's Labyrinth honoring our Ft. Ward and ...
10/11/2017

Photos from today's Virginia Theological Seminary's dedication of the St. Cyprian's Labyrinth honoring our Ft. Ward and Seminary African American ancestors who lived, worked and worshipped on or near its grounds.

09/30/2017

WE WANT ALL DESCENDANTS, Cravens, Randalls, Wanzers, Terrells, Caseys, Belks, Adams, Halls, Ashbys, Woods, Johnsons, Simms, Colberts, Brooks, Bradbys, Henrys, Lewis, et. al, to COME TO THE DEDICATION, on WEDNESDAY, October 11 at 12:30 p.m.

HERE IS THE INVITATION:

Dear Ms. Washington:

Greetings from VTS and the African American Episcopal Historical Collection! I believe I last ran into you at Episcopal High’s MLK commemoration. I do hope all has been well with you since then.

Earlier this year, the seminary’s graduating class of 2017, along with the class of 2009, donated funds to create a labyrinth on campus, and they decided to name it in honor of St. Cyprian’s Chapel. It will be formally dedicated during our Alumni Convocation on Wednesday, October 11 at 12:30 pm.

It is my privilege to invite you to this event. Given your dedication to the history of this city, we would be honored if you would join us. Please let me know if you can make it, and I can provide you with further information about the location of the labyrinth.

We would also love to have descendants of the St. Cyprian’s community present on this occasion. I wonder—do you have a sense of the best way to spread the word to them? Any ideas you have in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for your time and attention, and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Joe

Joseph Downing Thompson, Jr., Ph.D.,
Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection,
Visiting Professor of African American Studies, and Director of Multicultural Ministries

Virginia Theological Seminary Box 148
3737 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22304

703-461-1732
[email protected]

06/14/2017
The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

Come Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m, at Ft. Ward Park, to HONOR OUR PAST with ceremony, song, prayers and memories.

REMINDER: Our rescheduled annual program commemorating our Ft. Ward and Seminary ancestors is THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 17, from 10 am to 11 am at Ft. Ward Park, West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304:

HONORING OUR PAST: A Birthday Celebration honoring Clara Adams and Fort Ward's Rich African American History.

Program includes, prayers, wreath laying, well wishes from city leaders, remembrances from descendants and a walking tour following the program.

SEE YOU THERE!

06/14/2017

REMINDER: Our rescheduled annual program commemorating our Ft. Ward and Seminary ancestors is THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 17, from 10 am to 11 am at Ft. Ward Park, West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304:

HONORING OUR PAST: A Birthday Celebration honoring Clara Adams and Fort Ward's Rich African American History.

Program includes, prayers, wreath laying, well wishes from city leaders, remembrances from descendants and a walking tour following the program.

SEE YOU THERE!

05/11/2017
The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 130 p.m at Ft. Ward Park; annual ancestors' commemoration at "Aunt Clara's" gravesite.

HI FOLKS! It's that time again, and we are planning our annual tribute to our "Fort" ancestors with the gravesite tribute to "Aunt Clara" Adams on Sunday, June 4 (after church services somewhere between 1-130 pm.) We will lay flowers, have prayers, sing a few spirituals AND tell tales about the old days at "the Fort."
Let us know here with a comment, on if you're able to come. Love to see old familiar faces!

05/11/2017

HI FOLKS! It's that time again, and we are planning our annual tribute to our "Fort" ancestors with the gravesite tribute to "Aunt Clara" Adams on Sunday, June 4 (after church services somewhere between 1-130 pm.) We will lay flowers, have prayers, sing a few spirituals AND tell tales about the old days at "the Fort."
Let us know here with a comment, on if you're able to come. Love to see old familiar faces!

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04/11/2017

The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society

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04/07/2017

FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 10 AM TO 4 PM; FT. WARD PARK, BRADDOCK ROAD, ALEXANDRIA, VA.

Hi Descendants, We are NEED VOLUNTEERS to staff The Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society information table at Ft. Ward's first event featuring USCT (US Colored Troops) reenactors and famous abolitionist characters like Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman. If you can't volunteer to pass out flyers and talk about our "Fort" community, come out and support the program that sheds light on the how African Americans fought for their freedom during the Civil War.
Call 703-628-1726 for more details.

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
02/18/2017
ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Congressman Elijah Cummings who represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives wrote a column for the Afro-American Newspapers entitled “A Lesson from Black History” discussing the mission of ASALH and this year’s black history month theme. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

Also hear Ft. Ward descendant Adrienne Terrell Washington give her weekly political roundup.
02/09/2017

Also hear Ft. Ward descendant Adrienne Terrell Washington give her weekly political roundup.

Don’t miss ASALH’s executive director Sylvia Cyrus discuss the 91st annual black history luncheon on the Lyndia Grant show on 2.10.17 at 6pm (EST).

Listen online: http://ow.ly/L6GC308Rp5e
#CarterGWoodson #ASALH #blackhistoryluncheon

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
02/04/2017

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

“Be ready. Be qualified. Own something. Be somebody. That’s black power.” - Singer James Brown. Register for the #blackhistoryluncheon on Saturday, Feb. 25th. https://asalh100.org/ #CarterGWoodson #asalh

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
02/01/2017

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Carter G. Woodson’s home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and later established as a National Historic Site by the National Park Service for its national significance in African American cultural heritage. ASALH was originally headquartered in the home until 1970. Register for the #blackhistoryluncheon on Saturday, Feb. 25th. https://asalh100.org/ #CarterGWoodson #ASALH

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History
01/30/2017

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Rev. Dr. Gwen Boyd, 22nd President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Ingrid Saunders Jones, president of the National Council of Negro Women, will participate in a special presentation of the new Dorothy Height US Postal stamp at ASALH’s annual black history luncheon on Saturday, February 25. Height is honored as the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage Forever series. The civil rights activist and icon was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and served as a national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Register for the luncheon: https://asalh100.org/ #blackhistoryluncheon #ASALH #CarterGWoodson

The Fight to Revive Virginia's Historic Black Cemeteries | WAMU
01/26/2017
The Fight to Revive Virginia's Historic Black Cemeteries | WAMU

The Fight to Revive Virginia's Historic Black Cemeteries | WAMU

pFor roughly a century, the state of Virginia has funded the maintenance and upkeep of confederate cemeteries, but no such funding has been designated for historic African American burial grounds./p

09/23/2016

For those who descendants who don't know: Oakland Baptist Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend with Family and Friends activities Saturday and Sunday with 2 services 10 am & 3 p.m.) Yes, "We're Still Here!"

07/26/2016

Spent weekend giving mini-lectures on behalf of the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society about our ancestors to teen archeology campers from Alexandria and the National Park Service, as well as older folks attending the Wanzer Family Reunion.

06/11/2016

REMINDER:
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 1.pm.

We will be hosting our annual commemoration of Clara Adams' birthday on Sunday, June 11 at 1 p.m., with a brief ceremony of prayer, song and flowers. Although we honor Clara Adams, she is a symbol to represent ALL our descendant families to whom we are indebted for founding and fostering our Fort and Seminary community which is still standing after 150 plus years. We will also provide a brief update on the work we are doing in conjunction with the City of Alexandria to preserve our history.
Love to see relatives of some of our descendant families, such as the Wanzers, Roys, Adams, Caseys, Terrells, Johnsons, Woods, Belks, Randall's, Ashbys, Jacksons, Brooks, Bradbys, McKnights, Lewis, Henry's, etc.
Questions: call Adrienne Terrell Washington, 703-628-1726

06/06/2016

Fort Ward Drainage Improvements Moving Forward

From: David Fehr
Date: June 6, 2016, 11:43:20 AM EDT
To: "[email protected]" , "[email protected]" , "[email protected]" , "[email protected]" , Francine Bromberg
Cc: Tafesse Gyes , Brian Rahal , "Joel Koziol ([email protected])" , Lisa Robrahn
Subject: Fort Ward Drainage Improvements

All,

Please be advised the city expects to commence construction of the proposed drainage improvements within approximately two weeks.
The contractor is JK Construction.

Contractor point of contact is Joel Kolziol
[email protected]
(301) 674-5074


I will not be available to respond to this email for a month.
Any questions or concerns please contact Tafesse Gyes 703-746-4051

David Fehr, P.E.
City of Alexandria
Department of Project Implementation
Room 3200
301 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
703.746.4060 (direct)
703.282.9619 (mobile)
www.alexandriava.gov

06/03/2016

NOTICE:
We are POSTPONING are annual commemoration of Clara Adams's birthday on Sunday, June 5 due to muddy conditions at the Fort and to the weather forecast for even more rain. Thanks to Susan Cumbey of the Ft. Ward Museum for having the grass mowed around Aunt Clara's grave which I hope will hold until next Sunday, June 12, after Oakland Baptist Church service.
As is our annual custom, we use this time to honor all our ancestors who lived and worked at "The Fort" with a brief ceremony of prayer, song and a wreath laying. If anyone has questions or would like to contribute to the cost of a wreath, please contact me at 703-628-1726 or Brenda Adams at [email protected].
Thanks,
Adrienne Terrell Washington
Director of the Ft. Ward and Seminary African American Descendants Society.

Hidden City Philadelphia
02/04/2016
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Hidden City Philadelphia

Black culture and historic preservation in conversation. Co-editor Michael Bixler talks with activist and All That Philly Jazz director Faye Anderson about the Malcolm X house in Sharswood and the state of saving built African American heritage.

African American Songhttp://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200197451/
02/04/2016
African American Song

African American Song

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From rappers like André 3000 (1975–) and pop stars like Michael Jackson (1958–2009), to opera singers like Denyce Graves (1964–) and gospel artists like Yolanda Adams (1961–), African American vocal artists continue to shake up and shape the musical culture of the United…

Dominion To Award $1 Million In Environmental Grantshttp://www.alexandrianews.org/dominion-to-award-1-million-in-environ...
02/04/2016
Dominion To Award $1 Million In Environmental Grants

Dominion To Award $1 Million In Environmental Grants
http://www.alexandrianews.org/dominion-to-award-1-million-in-environmental-grants/

Dominion Resources announced that it will provide $1 million in environmental
stewardship grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in its service area.
Applications for up to $50,000 each are due by March 1, 2016.

Dominion Resources announced that it will provide $1 million in environmental stewardship grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in its service area. Applications for up to $50,000 each are due by March 1, 2016.

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The primary goal is to share the history of African Americans in order to describe the role they played and the contributions they made during the Civil War at Fort Ward and in helping to create the Seminary community. African Americans were crucial to the war effort; and that the war is best understood not just as a military phenomenon, but as a social and political one as well. The hope is to assist the public with researching and ultimately gaining pride in connecting with their ancestor's personal story and their fight to make America a better country through their service. For more information on Fort Ward Park see: http://glenneugstercomcastnet.blogspot.com/

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(703) 379-5252

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Permanent documentation of the community that lived, worked, worshiped and is buried here (i.e. Exhibit in the Museum, pamphlet, book, graveyard on the National Register of Historic Places, signage, something around Clara Adams grave, etc.)

The organizations activities are centered on the services listed below. The services offered provide numerous learning opportunities for people of all ages, including students, teachers, scholars, US Colored Troop descendents, churches, and the general public through the following programs described below.

1. Develop and outreach strategy to identify and communicate with people, and their descendant families, who lived and worked at Fort Ward and in the Seminary community.

2. Assist students, teachers, families, US Colored Troop descendents, and scholars as a primary resource for their research.

3. Celebrate an Annual Family Reunion or Founder's Day: To honor the African Americans at Fort Ward and in the Seminary area.

4. Museum exhibits and tours to provide visitors with an in-depth historical description of the Museum's collection and an exhibit on several of the most prominent stories of African Americans at Fort Ward and in the Seminary community.

Museum exhibits and tours provide all people with the unique opportunity to not only discover an often unknown portion of American History, but to discover a their own genealogical history as it relates to the Civil War any beyond. Visitors will be given the opportunity to gain an invaluable understanding of their background and the role played by their ancestors during one of the most controversial wars in American History. As such, these individuals gain a higher sense of self - a sense of pride and, therefore, they gain enormous confidence in relation to their own unique history.

5. Develop Descendants of Fort Ward-Seminary book to document the history and accomplishments of the people of Fort Ward and the Seminary community.

6. Assist the City of Alexandria and the Oakland Baptist Church in the appropriate recognition and permanent protection of graves and grave stones within and outside the cemetery.

7. Assist the Oakland Baptist Church in the possible designation of their cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places.

8. Provide an Annual Trip to the African American Civil War Memorial, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Gunston Hall, etc. for people to see other similar programs, history lectures, and meet and talk with African Americans.

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J. Glenn Eugster, left and Adrienne Terrell Washington, right, next to Clara and Robert Adams graves within Fort Ward Park, Alexandria, VA. Dave Cavanaugh introduced me to Adrienne shortly after my wife and I purchased our home adjacent to the Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery and Fort Ward Park. Little did I know that Adrienne's family lived in the area that is now a park and her relatives are buried in the cemetery. After some general discussions we seemed to have similar concerns about the City of Alexandria's activities in the park and the impact that was having on the cemetery and adjacent homes. Adrienne's background was in journalism and after she became comfortable with me as a person and a neighbor she and some of her friends and relatives took me under her, and their wing. They helped me see life in Alexandria through their eyes, understand race relations in what was a very southern city, and understand the importance of talking with those in her family and community. Over time I realized that I was getting a real education that would make our cooperative effort more effective. More importantly Adrienne and the others gave me insights and an education that can only be gained by candid discussions that never seem to happen in the City of Alexandria's government decision-making process. We became friends, worked together, developed a mutual respect for each others experience and were able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. We helped the group develop the Fort Ward & Seminary African American Descendants Society, Inc. and used the group to gain the attention and action of City of Alexandria elected officials, managers and staff. Saving the park and the cemetery is a work in progress and all of us continue to practice constant vigilance. Most people always looked at Fort Ward and the park as a "Civil War site", which it was. As importantly, however, is the story of the African American families, like Adrienne's, who lived on the land before and after the war. Their knowledge and heartfelt concern for the history and heritage of the park and the cemetery significantly improved the city's vision of the area, helped protect the cemetery and adjacent homes, and built better relationships with our community and theirs. I was blessed to meet Adrienne and will be forever grateful to her for helping me to be a better version of myself.
Virtual Lecture: Reparations at VTS: Uncovering a Not So Hidden History Wednesday, March 24 7:30-8:45 p.m. Free, but registration is required here. In September 2019, Virginia Theological Seminary announced the creation of a reparations endowment fund and the intent to research, uncover, and recognize African Americans who toiled under the oppression of VTS during slavery and throughout the Jim Crow era. Ebonee Davis, Associate for Multicultural MinistriesProgramming and Historical Research for Reparations with VTS, will share the research findings and implementation of VTS’ Reparations Program. Davis is a public historian with nearly 15 years experience working for local, state, and national institutions in the Americas and Africa. With VTS, she is coordinating the research efforts of the VTS’ Reparations Program and works directly with the program’s descendant families. This event is sponsored by the Alexandria Historical Society, Alexandria Black History Museum, and the Alexandria Community Remembrance Project.
The National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program is now accepting applications for FY20 competitive grants! Congress has appropriated $ 7,500,000 for 2020 funding. Applications are due May 12, 2021 These grants support the rehabilitation of historic properties at the National, State, and local level of significance in order to rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development of rural communities. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits who receive grants must use their funds to establish a subgrant program to distribute aid to rural communities. These subgrant programs will fund preservation projects for historic sites to include architectural/engineering services and physical preservation work. To learn more and apply for Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants, visit grants.gov (opportunity number P21AS00383): https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html... For more information about the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program visit: https://go.nps.gov/revitalization
Alexandria Archaeology Museum For almost 100 years, from the late 1860s into the 1960s, a thriving Black community occupied the land of the abandoned Fort Ward. The families who settled the area built homes, cemeteries, a church, and the first school for Black children in the local area. While the original homesteads of The Fort are gone, archaeology and oral history provide a trove of information about the community. Excavations have uncovered house foundations with a variety of everyday artifacts, from glass and buttons to beauty cream jars and children’s toys. The identification of graves in the number of cemeteries on the property has been another major aim of recent work. Archaeologists used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to identify likely sites and excavated to confirm grave locations. Since many markers are gone, oral history and the descendant community have been extremely important to identify who was buried in the graves, along with the stories of their lives and the history of the community. To learn more about the oral history and archaeological work at Fort Ward visit #linkinprofile #blackhistorymonth
Giving Back to the Youth: Joyce Casey Sanchez Attached is an article in the Alexandria Gazette titled, “Giving Back to the Youth: Joyce Casey Sanchez,” on page 7, dated October 15, 2020 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2020/101420/Alexandria.pdf. You can read more stories about Joyce Casey Sanchez and other Alexandrians at http://www.theotheralexandria.com. Char McCargo Bah, CEO/Founder of FindingThingsforU, LLC Living Legend of Alexandria, Virginia Freelance Writer, Author and Professional Genealogist Blogs: http://www.theotheralexandria.com http://www.findingthingsforu.com
Archaeological approach to the proposed playground re-location at Fort Ward Park
City Leaders Move to Open-up Old Maintenance Yard Leaders of the Office of Historic Alexandria(OHA) are hosting a "Community Open-House" at Fort Ward Park & Museum this Sunday, November 18, 2018, between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to explain the draft interpretive plan for Fort Ward. The plan has been prepared by OHA staff, their consultant and hand-picked experts. One area that may spark community interest is the city's plans for the old park maintenance yard and nursery area. At the moment the plan calls for a ghost structure, similar to what you may have seen in Philadelphia at a Ben Franklin historic site. As the interpretive plan moves ahead the Alexandria Recreation & Parks Department is moving ahead with plans to regrade the yard and take down the fences around that part of the park so that it may be public open space. This decision seems premature given that the interpretive plan for the area has not been approved; equipment and debris from the maintenance and nursery operation have not been cleared; and adjacent homeowners have not been involved in the city's plans. The last time city leaders repurposed this part of the park, without permits or public notice, it set-off a ten-year clash with community leaders and historic preservation interests. It is not apparent whether or not different city departments are working together on this plan or why adjacent property owners haven't been contacted by the city, their consultants or the hand-picked committee working on the draft plan. The Fort Ward Park & Museum Management Plan does envision some sort of use for this portion of the historic park. However before the city opens the area for public use the yard needs to be cleared of equipment and debris; regrading plans need to be coordinated with the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services to ensure their won't be more problems with water drainage; and adjacent homeowners need to be given meaningful input before any plan for interpretation or use of the area. Hopefully Sunday's open-house will clarify where city leaders are going with plans for this sacred area. J. Glenn Eugster November 14, 2018 Fort Ward Observer
Fort Ward Observer: May 17, 2017 J. Glenn Eugster Good things are happening at Fort Ward Park. As Memorial Day and the "official start" of summer begins activities at Fort Ward Park and Museum are ramping-up. Some of the events planned include opportunities for park users and visitors to: �Enjoy music on Saturday May 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Armed Forces Day Concert to be held at the Fort Ward Park Amphitheater. Pay respect to the Fort Ward families on Sunday June 4 at 1:30 p.m at the annual ancestors' commemoration to take place at "Aunt Clara's" gravesite in the Fort Ward Park maintenance yard. Learn about Civil War soldier and civilian life when Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site presents Civil War Camp Day on Saturday, June 10. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. The program is weather dependent. Park maintenance is an ongoing responsibility of the City of Alexandria and this month is no exception. The City's managers are dealing with the termites attacking the Fort Ward gate. They are also trying to determine who approved the removal of a large and healthy tree not far from the children's playground. The Oakland Baptist Church leaders, who own and maintain a cemetery surrounded by Fort Ward Park and private landowners, responded to community concerns about the activities of their maintenance company. Church leaders arranged for the company to remove leaves from the cemetery which were dumped in the park. Unfortunately city leaders are less responsive to concerns about other dumping debris into the stream channel down-slope from the cemetery. Despite a great deal of discussion about the use of "best-practices" to manage the park there is little evidence that maintenance practices have truly improved since the Fort Ward Park Management Plan was approved. Hope springs eternal however and community-nudging still seems to eventually get action.