Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site once again will take part in the 23rd Annual Park Day clean-up program organized by the American Battlefield Trust.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. at a pavilion in the main parking lot at the entrance to the park.

The Fort Duffield Heritage Committee and Friends of Fort Duffield encourage other volunteers to aid in the maintenance and restoration of the park at this hands-on preservation event. There will be various opportunities to help, from minor repairs to general clean up of brush and debris, according to a news release.

Fort Duffield is a Civil War site in West Point on the Ohio River. The fort was built in the fall and winter of 1861 and protected the Salt and Ohio rivers and area roads for the Union Army’s supplies and personnel. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Discovery Trail.

Volunteers receive a free event T-shirt. A lunch is provided free of charge thanks to Friends of Fort Duffield, the historic site’s support group of more than 20 years. Volunteers also will learn about the history and significance of the site.

To learn more about the site and the soldiers who died during the construction of the earthen fortification, go to fortduffield.com. Click the Memorial tab for details about the soldiers.

An Annual Memorial Day Service takes place at Memorial Cemetery, which is adjacent to the fort.

Immediately following lunch, volunteers and visitors are invited on a free Wild­flower Walk on one of the park trails, where they can learn the names of many of the wildflowers in the park this time of year.

For more information about Park Day or the Wildflower Walk, contact Connie Morris at 502-922-4574 or info@fortduffield.com.

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